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

Thought for the Week - last week's message 

ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANCY, ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM, DENOUNCED

This lesson with the lengthy title is simply rebuking all types of negative mental influence. Unfortunately, with the ubiquitous rise of television and advertising the means for such influence have risen exponentially. That's why we now have to be so careful of what we are taking into thought accepting as valid or allowing to dictate our actions.

Centuries ago, the Psalmist declared: "My defense is of God, which saveth the upright in heart." (Ps.7:10) And we have the same defense today. According to Jeremiah, the thoughts God gives are "thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give (us) an expected end." (29:11) And Mary Baker Eddy assures us: "All that God imparts, moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 515:22)

The lesson includes the account of Genesis, Chapter 11, of the attempt of the Israelites to build a city and tower which would reach heaven. God rebuked this attempt and scattered the builders "upon the face of all the earth." (Genesis 11:4-9) Mary Baker Eddy defines Babel as "Self-destroying error; a kingdom divided against itself, which cannot stand; material knowledge." She continues: The higher false knowledge builds on the basis of evidence obtained from the five corporeal senses, the more confusion ensues, and the more certain is the downfall of its structure." (S&H 581:17-22)

The Psalmist recognized that God, and not any human condition or structure, would be our "rock and ... fortress." (Ps.71:1,3) Moreover, it is "the inspiration of the Almighty" that gives us understanding. (Job 32:8) We can think of many ways, today, in which attempts are made to manipulate thought. But, according to the textbook: " ... evil is not mind. Evil has no power, no intelligence, for God is good, and therefore good is infinite, is All." (S&H 398:32)

Nevertheless, it takes mental alertness to "relinquish all theories based on sense-testimony" and to "give up imperfect models and illusive ideals" and thus have one Mind, one God. (S&H 249:1) Yes, today and in centuries past, there are many "false prophets." Yet the Bible assures us that "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (II Timothy 1:7) Not material but spiritual sense "lifts human consciousness into eternal Truth." (S&H 95:30-32)

Mrs. Eddy cautions that mental "darkness includes fear" but insists that "Christian Science goes to the bottom of mental action, and reveals ... the rightness of all divine action, as the emanation of divine Mind, and the consequent wrongness of the opposite so-called action-evil, occultism, necromancy, mesmerism, animal magnetism, hypnotism." (S&H 104:13)

Paul would agree when he writes in II Corinthians (10:4-5) "... the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the putting down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." Yes, it appears today that "material medicine substitutes drugs for the power of God ... to heal the body." (S&H 146:13)

Yet, Mrs. Eddy wrote and proved decades ago that "If sickness is real, it belongs to immortality; if true, it is a part of Truth Would you attempt with drugs or without, to destroy a quality or condition of Truth? But if sickness and sin are illusions, the awakening from this mortal dream, or illusion, will bring us into health, holiness, and immortality. This awakening is the forever coming of Christ, the advanced appearing of Truth, which casts out error and heals the sick." (S&H 230:1-8)

Yes, the errors of hatred, lust, revenge or deceit operate as "an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success." (S&H 405:5-11) But how do we conquer error? By "denying its verity." And by losing faith in the lie and making "life its own proof of harmony and God." (S&H 339:28)

Jamae van Eck