NATURE'S processes are evolutionary
and progressive; our minds, likewise, should beresilient at all times,
open to new truths and ready to accept what seems most reasonable. It
behooves us to constantly scrutinize various premises of faith
instead of adopting fixed, dogmatic
mental attitudes as final. Truth, to be of value,
must be self-evident.
"Truth" was the subject of a recent
Christian Science Lesson-Sermon in which the
following excerpt from "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mary
Baker Eddy, was given:
"Truth has no consciousness of error.
Love has no sense of hatred. Life has no partnership with death. Truth,
Life and Love are a law of annihilation to
everything unlike themselves, because
they declare nothing except God."
That the above assertions are
absorbed as undeniable truths by Christian Science devotees goes without
saying, but after all, are they actually scientific statements, as the
Church assumes them to be?
The question arises, if truth has no
consciousness of error how is one to know that
the implied truth is not in itself an error?
Why is not the soul at its first
awakening into consciousness aware of its divine nature, of its oneness
with the Source of its being and fully conscious of the state of
perfection alluded to in the citation?
If an inexperienced human entity were
born into this perfect state, now only vaguely sensed, would it not be
unable to fathom the meaning of such a condition? Hence the need of the
Since God is all-in-all why are we in
this transient plane of travail? Is not the attainment of truth the very
note of the purpose of our physical mortal journey of the spirit?
Why do Christian Scientists talk
about error when they do not recognize the existence of such? If
"hatred" is nonexistent, why use the expression? If there is no "death,"
why use the term?
If "Truth, Life and Love are a law of
annihilation to everything unlike
themselves" and "error, hatred and
death" do not exist, what is there to annihilate?
To affirm "God is good; God is love;
all will be provided," does not obviate physical necessities and will
not fill an empty stomach. We must apply ourselves to fulfilling
physical needs for which the Creator has provided means of sustenance.
Even Christian Scientists pass
through the genetic state of what they term "error" and occupy a
physical form, which is only "error," they depend upon air, food,
clothing and money—all "errors"—and remain in these physical errors
until the objective form (error) is disposed of in the grave or goes up
in smoke, steam and ashes in the crematory—mortal errors.
Seriously, why the need of closing
our eyes to the facts of life? We are born into a
vehicle or house—the transient,
mortal form—having five windows (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch)
through which the occupant, or indwelling spirit, contacts the external
expression of nature.
When first entering the physical, the
indwelling spirit is unconscious of itself, but through the means of the
"windows" the spirit reaches out and thereby enters the
rough school of mortal existence.*
Slowly the inherent qualities of consciousness,
intelligence and the faculty of
reasoning are unfolded and gradually Truth is discerned and Love is
Paul's definition of Love (I
Corinthians 13:4-6) is clearly elucidated by Henry Drummond:
"'Love suffereth long
'And is kind
'Love envieth not!
* See "Adam and Eve," Chapter
VII, "Dogma Spiritualized," Page
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'Love vaunteth not itself, is not
puffed up - Humility. 'Doth not behave itself unseemly
'Seeketh not her own ------------------
'Is not easily provoked -----------------
'Thinketh no evil
Guilelessness. 'Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in
Let us analyze what these Ingredients
of Love—Patience, Kindness, Generosity, Humility, Courtesy,
Unselfishness, Good Temper, Guilelessness and Sincerity— represent; let
us make a practice of emulating them in every-day life. It will soon be
discovered that this is no easy task but requires time, perseverance and
constant self-examination to
make each a living reality in our daily life.
Through experience in this school of
right and wrong is unfolded the analytical principle—Wisdom, which
discerns the meaning of the Divine Comedy, namely, the necessity of the
journey through the transient mortal, a mere Passing Through State.
The spirit having entered the Visible
unconsciously, re-enters the Invisible consciously, stepping out of the
physical through the Gateway of Transition ("Death" being only a
releasing of the indwelling Intelligence from the physical tabernacle)
into a Higher School of Attainment.
Christian Science teaches the
Allness of God, Spirit, and the consequent unreality or nothingness of
matter. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs.
Eddy says: "There is no life, truth,
intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is
infinite Mind and its infinite
manifestation, for God is All-in-All."
In this advanced stage of scientific
research such statements are meaningless
affirmations, a mere play of words.
Who knows the ultimate reality of matter? Just
as no one can define the nature of
life, so no one knows the kinship of life and matter.
After all, what is matter? To say
that objective forms and all manifestations that reach our senses are
facts and not
substantial, as the senses perceive these facts, is neither logic nor
That many fail to
use reason but accept fiction for fact was illustrated by a woman, a
Christian Scientist, who claimed that the latest discovery was that the
brain is not necessary and related the story of a man who was undergoing
a brain operation at a hospital in New York.
The physician had
temporarily removed the brain when a fire broke out, the patient ran
away and the brain was placed in alcohol. Some years later the doctor
met this patient on the street and said to him, "You had better come
back to the hospital to get your brain." The man replied, "I don't need
any brain now; I am working for the Government!"
"But that is only a story," the woman
"Oh, no," she said, "this actually
happened and it proves that we do not need any brain; it is only
If it were a fact
that objective forms are only an illusion of mind, how explain that
physical, tangible objects,
such as a tree,* or a house, appear alike to all minds? If they are only
illusions, why should all these minds have the same illusions?
What, after all,
is the physical plane, with its untold avenues for research, but a vast
laboratory? What intelligence or understanding was there in the cave-man
state? Although brute force prevailed, the understanding faculty was
latent and gradually, through the necessity for self-preservation, crude
implements were made, both
for self-protection and for obtaining food.
Through the ages,
little by little, new discoveries were made. From stage to stage,
through evolutionary processes, mind
expanded and discovered more and more truths in this laboratory of
matter until the highly developed civilization of the present was
In observing the
various discoveries which have made life more endurable and more
intelligible we see that each discovery has played its part in
broadening the mind. Let Us imagine that all modern improvements were swept away,
* See "Non-reality
of a tree," Chapter XII, "Dangers of Occult Practices," Page 230.
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that we were back in the cave life,
and assume the point that all objective things were delusions and
deceptions—what would become of humanity and all the
present advantages of civilization
which material discoveries have made possible?
Why not be reasonable and recognize
facts as they are?
A Christian Science lecturer, in
illustrating the infinite beneficence of Love, uses the following
simile: "Did anyone ever hear of a conflict arising because of the use
of the multiplication table? Why not? Because one can use it or a
thousand can use it, and still it is available to all."
Originally the law of multiplication,
as a principle in nature, was unknown to primitive man until mental
evolutionary processes evolved the thinking mind of the mathematician
which discovered the underlying principles and transposed
them into objectivity by means of a
text-book which is available to all.
Herein we see the need of objective
manifestation through which invisible principles are worked out in
classified objective form, and of actual visible symbols and characters
whereby others may learn the meaning of the invisible principle.
The same holds true of all of
nature's activities. The objective is a vehicle through
which nature's higher principles are
revealed from stage to stage and made
understandable. "The things which
are seen are temporal; but the things which are
not seen are eternal." (II
If there were no substance or matter
could anyone imagine a child being born into
this life and being perceived by the
parents? If there were no physical material form how would they know
there was a child? Suppose it were possible that a spirit, an emanation
from God, could be born, come into this conscious existence, without a
physical form, would the parents know it was there? Would they be
conscious of its existence at all, or would the child itself be
conscious of its own existence?
Is it not evident that the material
form of the child is a necessity, both for the parents' appreciation of
the presence of the indwelling consciousness and because
that indwelling consciousness needs
the material form and faculties in order
that through experience it may
ultimately discern its real self as intelligent consciousness, an
intangible being with unlimited faculties for expanding in
In the wonderful laboratory of the
physical are all manner of possibilities for object lessons which
broaden the intellect. As the ox-cart was superseded by the
horse and buggy, and the latter by
the automobile, so, from crude beginnings, step
by step, through persistent
experimentation and determination to discover nature's
hidden secrets, the innate laws of
nature were revealed.
Were not these laws pre-existent to
their discovery? Were they not intended to be
discovered by mind in order that mind might be educated?
In analyzing matter we find the law
of relativity, or changeability, of material substance. The form is real
in its present state, yet the substance from which it is
formed is subject to changes in
appearance and manifestation.*
While it is true that the substance
of matter is not what it appears to be, the law of
relativity must be recognized. For
instance, wood is real as wood, water is real as water, but if we ask,
"What is wood?" the answer is, chiefly carbon, which manifests both
visibly and invisibly; or we ask, "What is water?" and the answer is,
the combination of two invisible gases.
Science today knows that all visible
things can be transposed into invisibility, into
atoms and electrons. In other words,
there is a constant play between the visible
and the invisible, and through this
material play mind is exercised and unfolded.
Who can say what matter really is? A
wound is inflicted upon the body and it heals; through cell activity new
tissue is formed, dead cells are discarded and
wonderful repairs are made—who knows
by what process?
Christian Science claims to be of
scriptural origin and accepts without reservation all of the teachings
and works of Jesus Christ. "And Jesus went about... healing all
manner of sickness and all manner of
disease among the people... And they brought unto him all sick people
* See "Inter-play of visible and
invisible nature," Chapter IX. "Is there a God?" Page 181.
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were taken with divers diseases and
torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which
were lunatic, and those that had the palsy, and he healed them" (Matthew
4:23, 24), was quoted in a Christian Science LessonSermon. If there were no
body, and there were no disease, what was it that Jesus healed?
In another Lesson-Sermon on "Love"
presented in all branches of The Mother Church, the following scriptural
verse was quoted: "When the even was come, they brought unto him (Jesus)
many that were possessed with devils; and he cast
out the spirits with his word, and
healed all that were sick." (Matthew 8:16.)
Yet Christian Scientists hold that
there is nothing in common between Christian Science and spirit
phenomena, and they have no interest in intercourse with discarnate
Casting out of "unclean spirits" was
a particular part of the instructions which
Jesus gave to his disciples. Not
only was this a common practice of Jesus himself
but this ability was required as
proof of discipleship.
"And he (Jesus) called the twelve
together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure
diseases." (Luke 9:1.) "And the seventy returned with
joy, saying, Lord, even the devils
are subject unto us in thy name." (Luke 10:17.)
If spirit obsession was a thoroughly
recognized condition demonstrated by Jesus, why do Christian Scientists,
as well as other Christian bodies, deny or disregard so important a
factor? Jesus said: "Neither will they be persuaded, though one rose
from the dead." (Luke 16:31.)
Interference by discarnated spirit
entities was a recognized fact in the time of Christ; such conditions
have always existed and exist today, a statement easily
verified by research in normal as
well as abnormal psychology.*
That Mrs. Eddy herself was interfered
with by discarnated spirits is clearly discernible if the facts of her
early years of invalidism and later sufferings are
studied by earnest researchers in
the abnormal phase of psychology.
* See "Thirty Years Among the Dead,"
Carl A. Wickland, M.D.; "The
Demonism of the Ages and Spirit obsession," J. M. Peebles, M.D.; "Demon
Possession and Allied Themes," Rev. John L. Nevius.
The records of Mrs. Eddy's early
years, of her tantrums and abnormal actions, clearly indicate that she
was a natural psychic sensitive, for these tantrums and
"spells" were undoubtedly due to the
impingement of discarnated entities.
Georgine Milmine writes in "Life of
Mary Baker Eddy and History of Christian Science": "Mary Baker was
extremely nervous and hysterical, and, as child and woman, subject to
certain violent seizures. These 'fits' frequently came on without the
slightest warning. At times the attack resembled a convulsion. Mary
pitched headlong on the floor, and rolled and kicked, writhing and
screaming in apparent agony. Again she dropped limp and lay motionless.
At other times, like a
cataleptic, she lay rigid, almost in a state of suspended animation."
"As a precautionary measure the
family gave in to all the girl's whims. Outside the
Baker home, Mary's spells did not
inspire the same sympathy. The uncharitable called them 'tantrums.' They
even said that Mary took advantage of them to enforce her own way. Mary
repeatedly used her nerves, they noted, against her father. Nervous as
she was, she found the quiet, blue-law Sunday especially
irksome. Sunday, it happened, was the
great day for these fits."...
"Mrs. Glover's (Mrs. Eddy's)
hysterical spells became more violent as she grew older. For months at a
time she lived in an almost continuous state of collapse. She was given
to long and lonely wanderings, especially at night. During her many
illnesses her family would leave her in bed, apparently helpless, and
returning a moment later find that she had disappeared. One
manifestation of her
pathological condition was a mania for being rocked and swung."...
"Mrs. Glover (Mrs. Eddy) now dabbled
in mesmerism on her own account. She started as an amateur clairvoyant;
the superstitious country folk frequently sought
her advice. Occasionally, in the
course of a social call, she would go into a trance.
She closed her eyes, sank backwards, apparently lost consciousness, and,
while in this state, described
scenes and events. A mesmerist of some local fame used her
to trace lost or stolen articles.
Like the Fox sisters, she heard rappings at night."...
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"At the home of Mrs. Sarah G. Crosby,
of Albion, Maine, Mrs. Patterson (Mary B. Eddy) spent several months in
1864 where she acted as medium in their spiritualistic seances...
Several times in the course of this visit Mrs. Patterson went into
trances... talking in a sepulchral, mannish voice. The voice said that
'he' was Albert Baker, Mrs.
Patterson's brother.... After leaving Albion, Mrs. Patterson continued to
receive messages from Albert."...
"Yet Mrs. Eddy herself was not always
well, was not always happy. She used first
to account for this seeming
inconsistency by explaining that she bore in her
person the ills from which she
"In 1863 Mrs. Eddy wrote Dr. Quimby
that while treating her nephew, to rid him
of the habit of smoking, she herself
felt a desire to smoke..."
"Mrs. Eddy told her students that she
had a congenital susceptibility to assume the
mental and physical ills of others."
In the biography, "Mrs. Eddy," Edwin
Franden Dakin states: "When Mr. Eddy first died... Mrs. Eddy was in a
nervous and exhausted condition, and there were many nights when Mr.
Buswell was called upon to treat her for the same hysterical attacks
with which all of her students who were near her for any length of time
had to deal. Whatever the horrors of the frantic night, Mrs. Eddy
usually managed to gather
herself together during the day."
"In her worst moments (Mrs. Mary
Baker Eddy) secluded herself in her room... and when she again came down
the stairs... none knew about those terrible moments she had spent in
the fights against herself and her physical torture...
When in the middle of the night the
alarm was called and the students gathered at
her bedside to see a Mrs. Eddy who
was utterly unknown, who writhed and twisted like a tortured victim of
the Inquisition, it was not difficult for them to
believe that in this state she was
When religious bodies will seriously
recognize the importance of the works of
Jesus as they relate to the casting
out of "unclean spirits" they will realize that the
same natural laws prevail today as in
aside bias and skeptical attitudes and giving
intelligent attention to research in
normal and abnormal psychology, it will be
discovered that many of the reported
instantaneous cures of invalidism and mental aberrations are chiefly due
to the dislodgment of ignorant or mischievous earthbound spirits from
When any group of students assumes to
be scientific one expects their tenets to be
consistent and logical, which is not
the case with our friends, the Christian
Scientists, when, among other
assertions, they repeatedly proclaim that there is no
death (obviously an affirmation),
yet, paradoxically, refuse to acknowledge or include in their doctrine
the verifiable evidence, easily obtained through Psychic Research I of
the survival of the ego, and of communication between the two worlds as
a scientific reality.
Christian Science asserts there is no
spirit communication and yet teaches there is no death. How can
Christian Scientists know there is no death without evidence from those
who have passed through the gateway of death, who alone can verify
Why should the Christian
Science Church search heaven
and earth for all evidence
that Mrs. Eddy at one time practiced mediumship, in order that they may
destroy the same?
The fact that Mrs. Eddy was a medium
has been abundantly proven and there are still persons living who affirm
that they not only witnessed, but also assisted in,
Mrs. Eddy's psychic work as a medium.
Among our correspondents is a man who
attended Mrs. Eddy's mediumistic work
for the period of some three years. Many others have informed us that
they had personally known Mrs. Eddy as a medium. We ourselves have seen
a clipping from a Boston paper wherein Mrs.
Eddy advertised herself as a
medium, giving readings at fifty cents a sitting.
How did Mrs. Eddy obtain her
assurance that there is no death but by contact with
the invisible world through her own
mediumship? Discarnated spirits spoke through her as they do through
other trance mediums, making the declaration that there is no death, and
by proving their identity gave evidence that there is no death of
The assertion that there is no matter
could also easily have emanated from discarnated spirits who were
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Mrs. Eddy. Since spirits exist in an
inner or higher state of vibration they are in position from their
vantage ground to know that the physical substances, as we
recognize them in form and
solidarity, are, on our objective plane, in reality due to
the combination of invisible
substances or elements.
To be a psychic sensitive, or what is
usually termed mediumistic, is in no sense a
discredit to anyone but rather a very
important and desirable faculty, offering as it
does the only definite knowledge of a continued existence.
Had Mrs. Eddy been courageous enough
to include in her Science the knowledge she had of spirit communication
she would then indeed have had a verifiable science and the usefulness
of the Christian Science Church would have
been increased manifold. (So likewise would all other denominations or
religious bodies enhance their usefulness by adding the verifiable
knowledge of survival to their teachings.)
The spirit of
Mary Baker Eddy recently spoke as follows through Mrs. Wickland:
"I have come back to say that on
earth I hid the real truth; I gave out just a little of
it and some which I gave out was not
the truth at all. I said there is no such thing as matter—that is not
true. We DO have matter."
"I should have taught my people to
overcome trouble and fear by using the will, but not that sickness is
only imagination. When there is a disease we must use
some of the wonders of nature that
God has provided for the use of humanity."
"When people do not get the proper
elements in food which the system needs, they should use what God has
provided for that purpose and not deny their sickness. God furnished
these things for us to use. Everything in nature is for the use of
"Do not deny and condemn as I did. I
was self-centered and at one time I hypnotized myself into the belief
that I would not die; I thought I could keep my spirit in my physical
body forever. I thought I had the will to conquer and when I found I did
not it was a great disappointment."
"When I awoke from the sleep of death
I was very weak and had no power to progress until I learned to become
and serve. In the last days of my
life I was waited upon and regarded as a little God; I am sorry to say
that my people worship me even more than God, our Maker. All that I had
to conquer; my lesson was a very bitter one. I had my pride to conquer."
"Now I have to
serve and teach my followers to serve, when they come to this side. I am
humble now and strive to help the unfortunate spirits who are earthbound
"You will hear of me through other
mediums,* and you will know I have been
there to help waken somebody and so
do all I can to help myself."
"If any of you can
say just a little word to any of my followers regarding spirit
existence, please do so. It might not do much good now; they might not
receive it at the time but they will later. When the sleep of death
comes, the words you have
spoken will be a little light to them and they will follow it and learn
the way to progress to the higher life."
."Say a word here and there about the
higher life in the spirit world and that there
is no death; give them a few
thoughts of the real truth."
"Many of my
followers will know that these statements really came from me; they
will know it intuitively.
Those who do not recognize it will do so later; they may
deny it now but they will realize it is the truth when they come to the
spirit side of life."
"There is no death for the spirit,
but there is disintegration and change for matter,
and when the body can no longer
function, then what?"
"Many of my people
will not believe I have said this because I did not teach it
while here. I taught that there is
no matter; that was a great mistake. I should have
taught liberation of the mind. Spirit, or mind, cannot manifest without
matter; I did not know that
when I taught my theories on earth."
"I should have explained that there
is a physical body but we can live above the conditions of fear and
* Reports of such communications
through other psychics come to us from
various sources, all coinciding with
Mrs. Eddy's statements given through Mrs.
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"There is no
sickness in the mind" (per se), "but of course there is physical
sickness; that is where many misunderstand."
"As I told you once before,*. I had a
vision and saw a hospital in the spirit world and the method of treating
patients. Many spirits retain their thoughts of a diseased body; they
have not overcome their mental habits and think they are still
sick. They are there taught that they
have discarded their physical bodies and how to overcome old habits of
"Christian Scientists accomplish
wonderful things because they make many forget themselves. When they
have learned the lesson of concentration a great number overcome the
conditions about them and are cured; otherwise my people could not
go on. There is much that is
true in Christian Science and my people do many wonderful things."
"Some persons have imaginary
sickness; fear brings sickness. Mind can poison the system and can cure
it by the proper thinking. Learn right thinking; learn to
think of health, strength and power.
Learn to concentrate and you will have power over your body.
Concentration has a great power."
"If you will read
my early history you will see that I gave readings in Boston, but
I wanted a church of my own; I
concentrated and I accomplished this."
"I wish I had retained my
mediumship; I would be far happier in the spirit world. I
have to struggle with my followers
who come here; when I teach them the truth they say, 'You are not Mrs.
Eddy because that is not what she taught on earth.' I have to try to
wake them up and find a home for them where they can be enlightened as
to their true condition."
"When I talk to them they do not
recognize me because my thoughts have
changed. I learned my mistakes a long
time ago. There is truth in all things but we
must not add falsehood to the truth.
I did, because I wanted to have a religion of my own."
"I felt that if it
were known I was a psychic and that I received my inspirations from the
spirit side of life, I would
* See spirit
communication from Mrs. Eddy in our book, "Thirty Years Among the Dead."
Chapter 14, "Christian Science."
not have as many
followers. Now I surely wish that I did not have so many."
"I wish they would change their way
of thinking but I am sorry to say many will not; they cling together. On
earth they are taught they must read and think about my books, and in
that lies their strength; this belief is so set in their minds that when
they come to the other side of life and I try to get them to change
their minds, they will not believe me."
"It is hard to undo my work. I told
my people they should read nothing but my books and follow only my
teachings and that they should read my books over and over. Christian
Scientists still teach that and remain in a mental circle, hypnotizing
themselves with their concentration, and when they pass to the spirit
side of life they still remain in that circle of thought—in what they
call 'the understanding.'"
"But how much do they understand of
the real life? When my followers come to the spirit world and I endeavor
to teach them regarding spirit life and spirit return,
many refuse to listen. I have a great
deal to contend with. I should have given out this truth on earth; now I
have to do all I can to help my people progress when
they come here, and to give them
"But they have their own gatherings
just as they had on earth and remain together;
they do not advance because they are
hypnotized in my former theories and cannot get away from them. They all
join together—Within, within, within'—and are not aware of anything
"The love they should give out to
help others is not developed; I killed that. I taught that you must be
firm and overcome self; you must be master of self. But I
killed the better love for mankind,
the better nature."
This has been proven to us many
times. Individuals who had been our friends for years, upon becoming
Christian Scientists invariably explained that the friendship must be
discontinued, stating, "You are broadminded and will readily realize
that we cannot continue our
friendship any longer, as that would cause cross currents."
Such ideas are contrary to the
teachings of Jesus who stressed particularly that we
should love one another. The
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keynote of his message was the
inculcating of love among mortals—and surely
friendship is an element in love and
above theories and creeds.
(On the other hand, many Christian
Scientists, as well as followers of other doctrines, not satisfied with
the narrow interpretation of the Science of Life,
attend our research work desirous of
adding more knowledge to their faith.)
Mrs. Eddy said in conclusion: "I let
intellect be the ruling power over my people; I killed sympathy. Oh, if
only I could make them understand that Life is made up of sympathy and
love for others!"
"Some day they will be more liberal
and will work along a different channel. The truth of spirit life should
be taught and understood. The spirit world is the Real World!"
A. Hervey-Bathurst, C.S.B., of
London, England, a member of The Mother Church, The First Church of
Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Mass., quoted from the first chapter of
Genesis, verse 26, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness,"
adding, "But one might ask, what makes it possible for men to have a
true concept of God? The answer to this question is—the fact that man
really is spiritual—the image and likeness of God. On page 465 of
'Science and Health,' Mrs. Eddy gives us the following definition of
God: 'God is incorporeal, divine,
supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit,
Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.'"
"This God is the only creator and He
created all that was made, as the Bible states.
Must it not follow then that, since
God's creation is the only creation and it is good, we have a very
erroneous concept of that creation, including man, so long as we believe
that the creation of God includes evil, sickness, destruction, fear,
vice or death? Can man, the image and likeness or reflection of God, be
subject to what God does not include? The answer is emphatically—No."
The above delineation of the nature
and qualities of the Architect of the Universe is beautifully stated and
analytical minds can come to no other conclusion than that the essence
of the Creator is incorporeal and everywhere present. But this lecturer
makes no distinction between the spiritual or soul factors which are
beyond death and the mortal, physical aspect.
How can sickness or disease be
denied? Physiologically considered our bodies are
made up of simple chemical elements.
Biologically or metabolically analyzing our
bodily functions, metabolism consists
of two processes—anabolism, "the process by which matter is transformed
into the tissues of a living organism," and catabolism, "the process by
which protoplasm within a cell or organism is broken down into less
complex, waste substances." When these activities are in perfect
balance there is ease; when there is
imbalance there is disease.
How many individuals maintain the
balance which nature provides? This law is constantly sinned against by
improper diet and faulty respiration (which latter means insufficient
oxygen for oxidation in the metabolic process; few persons know why they
breathe or how to breathe).
Anxieties, fears, vices and all
manner of destructive habits and erroneous thinking
dominate the majority of mankind,
interfering with the normal nervous activity,
which again reacts unfavorably upon
the life processes.
What are the above conditions but, in
a sense, "evil" and destructive? As for
"death," nothing is more evident
since all organized life ceases to be apparent with the dissolution of
the physical form. But there is no death of the spirit.
Why close the eyes of the mind to the
necessary and yet transient phase of the
physical side of our nature which is so necessary for the expression and
unfoldment of the ego?
Did not God create the earth, the
firmament, our physical tabernacles and objective phenomena—all real,
though transient—for a very definite purpose? As in vegetation a living
force struggles with adverse conditions yet produces wonderful growth
(physical development) ultimating in flowers, with their invisible
aroma, fruit which will sustain physical life, and seeds for
procreation, so also in human life the living entities clothe themselves
in physical bodies which have organs and functions necessary for
acquiring experience in this material school.
In the struggle with nature's
obstacles under adverse conditions, the soul attains
consciousness of itself and a
perception of its independence of the physical, of the
dual principle of mind and body.
THE GATEWAY OF UNDERSTANDING
Those who deny the existence of
objective phenomena and so-called "evils" fail to
make a distinction between objective
phenomena and the inner spiritual life principle and activities. We have
herein two phases, the invisible nature of God
and man on one hand, and on the other,
the objective universe of manifestation.
God's many-sided qualities are
admittedly all invisible; likewise are the soul and the mental qualities
of man, who is the image or reflection of the Creator,
invisible. Who has seen Harmony, Love,
Thoughts or Emotions?
Since the Creator endowed our souls
with his own qualities why are we not directly conscious of our oneness
with our Source until after we have been born into the physical form? The
Creator in his wisdom saw the need for his creatures passing through a
mortal objective experience such as can only be obtained in the physical
The soul, born into the physical form,
is left to its own resources with what is presumed to be free will;
tribulations, sorrows and griefs in this transitory existence cause pain,
pain causes thinking, and thought plus difficulties compels questioning
regarding life's purpose. Thus ultimately we reach conscious discernment
of our oneness with the Source of our being—revealed Intelligence, Love,
God did not create "evil." Man,
self-seeking, blind in the beginning to his true
nature, stumbles about seeking
happiness, which can never be fully attained while
he is sojourning in this transient
physical, discovering himself, until so-called "death" is experienced. But
this is merely the freeing of the spirit from the bonds of material
attractions and illusions and man is destined ultimately to progress
from sphere to sphere, recognizing with greater fullness his oneness
with the All.