UNREALITY

April 8, 2018

 

Golden Text

Mark 10:18 there

there is none good but one, that is, God.

 

 

Responsive Reading

Jer 23:23,24-26 Do

Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?

 

Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.

 

I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

 

How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;

 

Ps 14:1 (to 1st .), 2; 73:11,22 (to :), 23,25,26,28 it; 97:7 (to :), 12

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

 

The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

 

And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?

 

So foolish was I, and ignorant:

 

Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.

 

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

 

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

 

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.

 

Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols:

 

Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

 

 

Section I

( 1) Ps 5:1,3,4

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.

 

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

 

( 2) Zech 10:2 the (to :)

the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain:

 

( 3) I Cor 8:4-6 we (to ;)

we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him;

 

( 4) Rom 12:2 be

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.

 

( 5) Rom 11:33 (to 1st !), 36 (to :)

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

 

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things:

 

( 6) Luke 18:19 none

none is good, save one, that is, God.

 

 

( 1) 103:15-16

The maximum of good is the infinite God and His idea, the All-in-all.

 

( 2) 330:19

II. God is what the Scriptures declare Him to be, Life, Truth, Love. Spirit is divine Principle, and divine Principle is Love, and Love is Mind, and Mind is not both good and bad, for God is Mind; therefore there is in reality one Mind only, because there is one God.

 

( 3) 470:5-6, 11-16 (to 2nd .)

The supposed existence of more than one mind was the basic error of idolatry.

 

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 children of God have but one Mind.

 

( 4) 469:25-30

We lose the high signification of omnipotence, when after admitting that God, or good, is omnipresent and has all-power, we still believe there is another power, named evil. This belief that there is more than one mind is as pernicious to divine theology as are ancient mythology and pagan idolatry.

 

( 5) 339:7-10

XXXI. Since God is All, there is no room for His unlikeness. God, Spirit, alone created all, and called it good. Therefore evil, being contrary to good, is unreal, and cannot be the product of God.

 

 

Section II

( 7) Dan 5:1,5-8,17,18,20,22,23

Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.

 

In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof.

 

Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation. O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:

 

But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:

 

And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:

 

( 8) Is 5:15 the mighty

the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:

 

( 9) Ps 96:4 (to :), 5-7

For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised:

 

For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens. Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

 

 

( 6) 205:15

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.

 

( 7) 21:25-6

Being in sympathy with matter, the worldly man is at the beck and call of error, and will be attracted thitherward. He is like a traveller going westward for a pleasure-trip. The company is alluring and the pleasures exciting. After following the sun for six days, he turns east on the seventh, satisfied if he can only imagine himself drifting in the right direction. Byand-by, ashamed of his zigzag course, he would borrow the passport of some wiser pilgrim, thinking with the aid of this to find and follow the right road.

Vibrating like a pendulum between sin and the hope of forgiveness, selfishness and sensuality causing constant retrogression, our moral progress will be slow.

 

( 8) 253:22

Also, if you believe yourself diseased, you can alter this wrong belief and action without hindrance from the body.

 

( 9) 186:32

The human mind has been an idolater from the beginning, having other gods and believing in more than the one Mind.

 

(10) 329:26 If

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 III

(10) Hos 11:1,3

When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

 

I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.

 

(11) Hos 12:1 (to ;)

Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation;

 

(12) Hos 13:2 (to :), 3,4 (to :)

And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen:

 

Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney. Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me:

 

(13) Hos 14:5,8

I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.

 

Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.

 

(14) Matt 4:17

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

(15) Matt 13:2 (to ;), 24-30

And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat;

 

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

 

 

(11) 269:5

Jesus' demonstrations sift the chaff from the wheat, and unfold the unity and the reality of good, the unreality, the nothingness, of evil.

 

(12) 276:29-31

Nature and revelation inform us that like produces like. Divine Science does not gather grapes from thorns nor figs from thistles.

 

(13) 300:13

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.

 

(14) 277:7

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. If goodness and spirituality are real, evil and materiality are unreal and cannot be the outcome of an infinite God, good.

 

 

Section IV

(16) I John 5:21 (to 1st .)

Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

 

(17) Ps 102:1,11,12

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee.

 

My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass. But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

 

(18) Ps 145:4,7,9

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

 

They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.

 

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

 

(19) Act 10:38 God

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

 

(20) Mark 3:1-5

And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

 

 

(15) 145:8-13,32-6

The struggle for the recovery of invalids goes on, not between material methods, but between mortal minds and immortal Mind. The victory will be on the patient's side only as immortal Mind through Christ, Truth, subdues the human belief in disease.

 

Our Master's first article of faith propounded to his students was healing, and he proved his faith by his works. The ancient Christians were healers. Why has this element of Christianity been lost? Because our systems of religion are governed more or less by our systems of medicine. The first idolatry was faith in matter.

 

(16) 226:18-24

Human codes, scholastic theology, material medicine and hygiene, fetter faith and spiritual understanding. Divine Science rends asunder these fetters, and man's birthright of sole allegiance to his Maker asserts itself.

I saw before me the sick, wearing out years of servitude to an unreal master in the belief that the body governed them, rather than Mind.

 

(17) 229:28

It is the transgression of a belief of mortal mind, not of a law of matter nor of divine Mind, which causes the belief of sickness. The remedy is Truth, not matter, the truth that disease is unreal.

 

(18) 243:32-3

Inasmuch as God is good and the fount of all being, He does not produce moral or physical deformity; therefore such deformity is not real, but is illusion, the mirage of error.

 

(19) 142:31

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.

 

(20) 167:7

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 V

(21) Job 34:4

Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.

 

(22) I Chron 16:23,24,29

Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; shew forth from day To-day his salvation. Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.

 

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

 

(23) I Thess 1:1 (to :), 5-9 our

Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

 

(24) I Pet 2:9 ye, 15,17 (to 2nd .)

ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

 

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

 

Honour all men. Love the brotherhood.

 

(25) Phil 4:8

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.

 

 

(21) 275:31 (only)

Truth, spiritually discerned, is scientifically understood.

 

(22) 207:27-31

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. Spiritual facts are not inverted; the opposite discord, which bears no resemblance to spirituality, is not real.

 

(23) 276:12-14

The realization that all inharmony is unreal brings objects and thoughts into human view in their true light, and presents them as beautiful and immortal.

 

(24) 15:25-26

Christians rejoice in secret beauty and bounty, hidden from the world, but known to God.

 

(25) 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.