I am trying to depart from the denominational rituals to enforce the idea that it is not “me” bringing God to matter when writing and studying the Lesson daily, it is simply a “declaration”or “illumination” of what is already. That perfect Science of Being.
With that in mind, this week, rather than declare a full lesson, I will take one section daily for us to work with.
Today, we want to examine the Principle of Mind with the Lesson theme Immortality.
Ecclesiastes 5:20 says “for he shall not much remember the days of his life, because God answereth him in the joy of his heart”
From S and H
Mind: The Only I or us…. not that which is in man.
The Principle or Government of God’s Mind is all there is, these little personalisations of dislikes, pains, unhappiness don’t have any substance. The difference between Mortals and Immortals is the mind and MIND.
Immortals enjoy a fathomless existence ever happy, attached to nothing, Mortals mourn perceived loss which fades with passing years but still they cling to possessions of the loved one or have a feeling of tragedy.
It seems cruel to say we will forget these things which touch us personally in human ways but as our lives are centred around illusion in the most part, we look for a higher picture to be revealed.
Practically speaking, yesterday I was listening to old Radio Jingles from the 1980s, of a local radio station I grew up with in SW Scotland, they brought back memories of a time which seemed blissful, teenage years knowing for sure I was loved etc….
I know that sentimentality is wrong, its something so common in the denomination, looking back to Mrs Eddy’s healings and her life as “God with us” but the truth is there is no material history, there is “you” ever here, ever present as you always have been as you always will be. If we awake to see the world differently today we will usher in a brighter existence. One of limitless possibilities.
The jingles are good but how much more beautiful music can be made on these same principles of mathematics. An infinite number. Clinging to the jingles won’t help me, but knowing they are a demonstration of infinite possibilities is what I will remember when they come to my Mind.
What music will you make today?
Week Ending 6 May 2018
Golden Text: 2 Samuel 7:5
“Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?”
Responsive Reading: 2 Chronicles 33:1 – 7
Section 1: Bible Psalm 40 1-4
40 I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
4 Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
Science and Health
Wrong-doer should suffer
1 So the sick through their beliefs have induced their own
diseased conditions. The great difference between vol-3
untary and involuntary mesmerism is that voluntary
mesmerism is induced consciously and
should and does cause the perpetrator to suffer, while self-6
mesmerism is induced unconsciously and by his mistake
a man is often instructed. In the first instance it is understood
that the difficulty is a mental illusion, while in the
9 second it is believed that the misfortune is a material effect.
The human mind is employed to remove the illusion in
one case, but matter is appealed to in the other. In real-12
ity, both have their origin in the human mind, and can be
healed only by the divine Mind.
Section 2 Bible Jeremiah 2 13-19
9 Answer. — God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite
Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.
Question. — Are these terms synonymous?
12 Answer. — They are. They refer to one absolute God.
They are also intended to express the nature, essence, and
wholeness of Deity. The attributes of God are justice,
15 mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on.
Section 3 Bible Mark 16 1-7
1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.
Science and Health
True estimate of God’s messenger
Heaven represents harmony, and divine Science interprets
the Principle of heavenly harmony. The great
12 miracle, to human sense, is divine Love, and
the grand necessity of existence is to gain the
true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of
15 heaven in man. This goal is never reached while we
hate our neighbor or entertain a false estimate of anyone
whom God has appointed to voice His Word. Again,
18 without a correct sense of its highest visible idea, we can
never understand the divine Principle. The botanist must
know the genus and species of a plant in order to classify
21 it correctly. As it is with things, so is it with persons.
Abuse of the motives and religion of St. Paul hid from
view the apostle’s character, which made him equal to
24 his great mission. Persecution of all who have
spoken something new and better of God has
not only obscured the light of the ages, but has been fatal
27 to the persecutors. Why? Because it has hid from
them the true idea which has been presented. To misunderstand
Paul, was to be ignorant of the divine idea he
Section 4 Bible Acts 17 23-27
23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions*, I found an altar with this* inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
24 God that made the world and all things therein*, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Science and Health
KNOWLEDGE. Evidence obtained from the five corporeal
senses; mortality; beliefs and opinions; human
6 theories, doctrines, hypotheses; that which is not divine
and is the origin of sin, sickness, and death; the opposite
of spiritual Truth and understanding.
Section 5 Bible: James 4 10-17
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever* therefore will be* a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Science and Health
Nearness of Deity
Accompanying this scientific consciousness was another
revelation, even the declaration from heaven, su-15
preme harmony, that God, the divine Principle
of harmony, is ever with men, and they are
His people. Thus man was no longer regarded as a mis-18
erable sinner, but as the blessed child of God. Why?
Because St. John’s corporeal sense of the heavens and
earth had vanished, and in place of this false sense was
21 the spiritual sense, the subjective state by which he could
see the new heaven and new earth, which involve the
spiritual idea and consciousness of reality. This is Scrip-24
tural authority for concluding that such a recognition of
being is, and has been, possible to men in this present
state of existence, — that we can become conscious,
27 here and now, of a cessation of death, sorrow, and pain.
This is indeed a foretaste of absolute Christian Science.
Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will
30 surely appear sometime and in some way. There will
be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away.
Section 6 Bible Jude 21
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Science and Health
Purity the path to perfection
XXVI. Christian Science demonstrates that none but
15 the pure in heart can see God, as the gospel
teaches. In proportion to his purity is man
perfect; and perfection is the order of celestial
18 being which demonstrates Life in Christ, Life’s spiritual
Probation After Death: week Ending 29 April 2018
Golden Text: psalms 107:14.
“He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder”.
Responsive Reading: psalms 94: 17-23
1. Psalm 21
S and H 268, 1-12
2. Psalm 15
S and H 471, 6-21
3. Psalm 64
S and H 468, 8-15
4. Psalm 134
S and H 265, 10-21
5. Psalm 136
S and H 451, 8-30