EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT

April 30, 2017

 

Golden Text

Ps 23:1 (to ;), 3 (to :)

The Lord is my shepherd;

He restoreth my soul:

 

 

Responsive Reading

Ps 27:1 (to 1st ?), 13,14 (to 2nd :)

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

 

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

 

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:

 

Is 59:1,11 (to :), 12 (to :), 19-21 When; 60:1,18,19

Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

 

We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves:

 

For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us:

 

When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.

 

And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.

 

As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.

 

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

 

Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

 

The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

 

 

Section i

( 1) Hab 1:12 (to ?), 13 (to :)

Art thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, mine Holy One?

 

Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:

 

( 2) Ps 16:2 (to :), 10

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

 

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

 

( 3) Ps 139:8 if I make, 11,23,24

if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

 

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

 

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

( 4) Ps 23:1 (to ;), 3 he leadeth, 6

The Lord is my shepherd;

 

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

 

 

( 1) 357:4-5

God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil."

 

( 2) 537:9-10

A knowledge of evil was never the essence of divinity or manhood.

 

( 3) 231:12-16 (to 2nd .)

If God makes sin, if good produces evil, if truth results in error, then Science and Christianity are helpless; but there are no antagonistic powers nor laws, spiritual or material, creating and governing man through perpetual warfare. God is not the author of mortal discords.

 

( 4) 356:19, 25 Does divine

God is as incapable of producing sin, sickness, and death as He is of experiencing these errors. How then is it possible for Him to create man subject to this triad of errors, man who is made in the divine likeness?

 

Does divine Love commit a fraud on humanity by making man inclined to sin, and then punishing him for it? Would any one call it wise and good to create the primitive, and then punish its derivative?

 

( 5) 447:12-14

Ignorance, subtlety, or false charity does not forever conceal error; evil will in time disclose and punish itself.

 

( 6) 578:5-5 (to ;), 8,16

[DIVINE LOVE] is my shepherd;

 

[LOVE] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]: [LOVE] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [LOVE] for ever.

 

 

Section II

( 5) Jer 23:24

Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.

 

( 6) Jer 3:21,22 (to 1st .)

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. Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings.

 

( 7) I Sam 12:6 Samuel, 7,10,20-22

Samuel said unto the people, It is the Lord that advanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the Lord of all the righteous acts of the Lord, which he did to you and to your fathers.

 

And they cried unto the Lord, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee.

 

And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart; And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people.

 

( 8) Is 1:18

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.

 

 

( 7) 35:30 (only)

The design of Love is to reform the sinner.

 

( 8) 6:18

To suppose that God forgives or punishes sin according as His mercy is sought or unsought, is to misunderstand Love and to make prayer the safety-valve for wrong-doing.

 

( 9) 203:17-18,27

We are prone to believe either in more than one Supreme Ruler or in some power less than God.

 

The foam and fury of illegitimate living and of fearful and doleful dying should disappear on the shore of time; then the waves of sin, sorrow, and death beat in vain.

 

(10) 201:7-18

We cannot build safely on false foundations. Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and "all things are become new." Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.

We cannot fill vessels already full. They must first be emptied. Let us disrobe error. Then, when the winds of God blow, we shall not hug our tatters close about us.

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

 

(11) 538:3 (only)

Truth should, and does, drive error out of all selfhood.

 

 

Section III

( 9) Job 22:12

Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

 

(10) Job 26:6

Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

 

(11) Ps 6:2 (to :), 4 O Lord

Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak:

 

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

 

(12) Rom 7:19,24,2 (to 1st .)

For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

 

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

 

For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

 

 

(12) 588:1

HELL. Mortal belief; error; lust; remorse; hatred; revenge; sin; sickness; death; suffering and self-destruction; self-imposed agony; effects of sin; that which "worketh abomination or maketh a lie."

 

(13) 22:3

Vibrating like a pendulum between sin and the hope of forgiveness, selfishness and sensuality causing constant retrogression, our moral progress will be slow. Waking to Christ's demand, mortals experience suffering. This causes them, even as drowning men, to make vigorous efforts to save themselves; and through Christ's precious love these efforts are crowned with success.

 

(14) 1:10

Thoughts unspoken are not unknown to the divine Mind. Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds.

 

(15) 316:3-7

The real man being linked by Science to his Maker, mortals need only turn from sin and lose sight of mortal selfhood to find Christ, the real man and his relation to God, and to recognize the divine sonship.

 

(16) 405:18-19 (to 1st .)

The good man finally can overcome his fear of sin.

 

(17) 492:7-12

Being is holiness, harmony, immortality. It is already proved that a knowledge of this, even in small degree, will uplift the physical and moral standard of mortals, will increase longevity, will purify and elevate character. Thus progress will finally destroy all error, and bring immortality to light.

 

 

Section IV

(13) Ps 69:1 (to ;),14 (to :), 16,29 let

Save me, O God;

 

Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink:

 

Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

 

let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.

 

(14) Mark 1:14 Jesus, 15

Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

 

(15) Mark 3:7 Jesus (to :)

Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea:

 

(16) Mark 5:1-3,5-15 (to :)

And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:

 

And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind:

 

 

(18) 411:13,23-29

It is recorded that once Jesus asked the name of a disease, a disease which moderns would call dementia. The demon, or evil, replied that his name was Legion. Thereupon Jesus cast out the evil, and the insane man was changed and straightway became whole. The Scripture seems to import that Jesus caused the evil to be self-seen and so destroyed.

 

Disease is an image of thought externalized. The mental state is called a material state. Whatever is cherished in mortal mind as the physical condition is imaged forth on the body.

Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of patients. Silently reassure them as to their exemption from disease and danger.

 

(19) 365:31

The poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father's loving-kindness.

 

(20) 412:1-4

The great fact that God lovingly governs all, never punishing aught but sin, is your standpoint, from which to advance and destroy the human fear of sickness.

 

(21) 248:15-16 (to 2nd ?), 19-21

What is the model before mortal mind? Is it imperfection, joy, sorrow, sin, suffering?

 

Do you not hear from all mankind of the imperfect model? The world is holding it before your gaze continually.

 

(22) 391:3-4,7-9

Blot out the images of mortal thought and its beliefs in sickness and sin.

 

Instead of blind and calm submission to the incipient or advanced stages of disease, rise in rebellion against them.

 

(23) 248:29

Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love the kingdom of heaven reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.

 

 

Section V

(17) Act 9:1-6,8,10,11 (to :), 13,15,17,18,20

And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

 

And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

 

And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus:

 

Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

 

But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

 

And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

 

And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

 

 

(24) 78:28

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.

 

(25) 326:23

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.

 

(26) 327:9-10

Evil is sometimes a man's highest conception of right, until his grasp on good grows stronger.

 

(27) 263:7-10

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.

 

(28) 542:19-21

Let Truth uncover and destroy error in God's own way, and let human justice pattern the divine.

 

 

Section VI

(18) Ps 34:7

The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

 

(19) Is 43:1 thus, 6 bring, 7 (to :)

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.

 

bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name:

 

(20) Jer 31:3 Yea

Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

 

 

(29) 516:12-13

Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light.

 

(30) 574:27-30

The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares.

 

(31) 304:9

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.