"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32

Jamae van Eck is a Christian Scientist Practitioner and teacher who has experienced over many years the healing power of Divine Love. She is convinced that no one is beyond redemption, and no problem or difficulty beyond God's power to resolve & heal.

Christian Science practitioners
provide spiritual treatment
through prayer. The result is
healing - the change of thought
that brings transformed lives
and the resolution of relational,
physical, or financial difficulties.

She teaches that salvation does not occur only at some point in the future, but that here and now God's saving grace and divine laws are available to everyone
who seeks them.

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When Jesus was taken by the Jews before Pilate to be judged, he testified: "To this end was I born and for this cause came I unto the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth." Pilate responded with the question: "What is Truth?" This week's lesson answers that question.

Truth is reality. It is what is opposed to what merely seems to be. The Psalmist knew that " ... the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. (Ps.33:4) Mary Baker Eddy comments that the "tree of life" mentioned in Genesis (3:24) "stands for the idea of Truth, and the sword which guards it is the type of divine Science." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 526:17-19)

She continues: "All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause and effect belong to God," and she insists that "Truth, God, is not the father of error." (S&H 275:14-17 and 473:4-5) Whatever, then, contradicts this divinely established Truth, is a lie, a supposition, something that may seem to be but is not. She writes: "Error is a supposition that pleasure and pain, that intelligence, substance, life, are existent in matter." (S&H 472:14-16)
Nevertheless, the fact remains that "Truth cannot be contaminated by error." Because Truth is real, error, "Truth's unlikeness," is and must be unreal. (S&H 287:32-2) Even if someone believes a lie, that never makes the lie true! Yes, as she points out, " ... the denial of truth (tends) to perpetuate sin, invoke crime, jeopardize self-control, and mock divine mercy." (S&H 542:10-13)

But she also insists that we should "Let Truth uncover and destroy error in God's own way, and let human justice pattern the divine." (S&H 542:19-21) She also points out that "A knowledge of error and of its operations must precede that understanding of Truth which destroys error until. .. man created by and of Spirit is understood and recognized as the true likeness of his Maker." (S&H 252:8)

The lesson includes the account in I Samuel, Chapter 5 of the Philistines taking the ark of God and putting it beside Dagon, a god the Philistines worshipped. The result was that Dagon not only fell on his face but his head and the palms of his hands were cut off. Joshua comments: "Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served ... in Egypt." (Joshua 24:14)
Today, it's easy to bow down to a variety of false gods, but the fact remains that "Truth decapitates error, materiality giving place to man's higher individuality and destiny." (S&H 265:31) Jesus, of course, proved his Christliness by the healings he performed-including freeing Peter's mother-in-law from a fever. (Matthew 8:14-15)

Mary Baker Eddy points out that "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 ... " (S&H 135:26) Moreover, the Bible was her only guide and authority. She writes: "The Christian Scientist should understand and adhere strictly to the rules of divine metaphysics as laid down in (Science and Health) and rest his demonstration on this sure basis."

She understood her discovery to be the Comforter promised by Christ Jesus that would abide with us forever. (S&H 55:27) Nevertheless, Jesus warned his followers that he was not "come to send peace on Earth ... but a sword." (Matthew 10:34) Yes, there is a cross to bear when divine law stirs up the belief in evil to its utmost. But Mrs. Eddy writes: " ... we ought to know that God's law uncovers so-called sin and its effects, only that Truth may annihilate all sense of evil and all power to sin." (S&H 540:11-16)

She foresaw the discord that the breaking up of material beliefs would bring. But she was confident that "the conflict between truth and error, understanding and belief, Science and material sense" would cease, and spiritual harmony reign. Let's remember that "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." (S&H 288:31-2)

Jamae van Eck

Jamae van Eck

"The law of the Spirit of life in
Christ Jesus hath made me
free from the law of
sin and death ."
Romans 8:1

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