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

Thought for the Week - last week's message 

TRUTH  

Webster’s defines truth (in part) as “a transcendent, fundamental, or spiritual reality.”  That which is true is actual—far removed what from what merely seems to be.  It is also that  which is constant, honest, unalterable, not simply at the mercy of human circumstance or belief.   The Psalmist linked truth to righteousness, and the writer of Deuteronomy thus defines God:  “He is the Rock, his work is perfect; for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”  (Deut.6:4)  

The Psalmist also defines Truth as law, as in this passage:  “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.  The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart:  the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes…the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.” (Ps.19:7-9)   The lesson also links truth to light.  Mary Baker Eddy puts it this way:  “As light destroys darkness and in the place of darkness all is light, so (in absolute Science) Soul, or God is the only truth-giver to man.” (S&H 72:9-12)  

Included are several passages related to her own awakening to the truth that “all real being is in God…and that Life, Truth, and Love are all-powerful and ever-present;  that the opposite of Truth,--called error, sin, sickness, disease, death—is the false testimony of false, material sense, of mind in matter; that this false sense evolves, in belief, a subjective state of mortal mind which this same so-called mind names matter, thereby shutting out the true sense of Spirit.” (S&H 108:19)   Thus we can understand that healing in Christian Science isn’t simply making matter better.  It’s glimpsing the truth that there can be no substance-matter.    It’s also comforting to know that “we can do nothing against the Truth, but for the Truth” as Paul writes.  (II Cor.13:8)  

This point is illustrated in  Genesis, Chapter 50, by the account of Joseph’s return to Israel to bury his father.  The brethren who sold him into slavery in Egypt, were anxious about his coming, and sent a messenger to ask his forgiveness.  His response was: “…ye thought evil against me but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save  much people alive.  Now therefore fear ye not:  I will nourish you, and your little ones.”  

This account also illustrates Paul’s promise to the Romans:  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (8:28)    Because God is omnipotent, we can’t be made to believe in another power, named evil.  Because there is only one Mind, one Father, one God,  “the whole family of man MUST be brethren,” and this brotherhood must “consist of Love and Truth and have unity of Principle and spiritual power…” (S&H 469:30-5)   The lesson also includes an account of King Hezekiah’s struggle with what appeared to be death.  And Isaiah’s divinely directed mission  to assure the King that God had heard his prayer and would heal him. (II Kings, Chapter 20)  

Mrs. Eddy gives this clear instruction to those who seek to demonstrate the good that alone is real:  “Stick to the truth of being in contradistinction to the error that life, substance, or intelligence can be in matter.  Plead with an honest conviction of truth and a clear perception of the unchanging, unerring, and certain effect of divine Science…By the truthful arguments you employ, and especially by the spirit of Truth and Love which you entertain, you will heal the sick.” (S&H 418:5-9. 22)   Or also free the sinning.  Jesus proved this and saved a woman from being stoned to death for adultery.     

Yes, we can all agree that God “keeps us in perfect peace” when our mind (or thoughts) are stayed on Truth.  According to Christ Jesus, only by knowing this Truth can we be free from believing a lie.    Moreover,  Truth and its healing power have been “widely demonstrated as an immanent, eternal Science” now for more than a century.   Yes, the breaking up of material beliefs may seem to bring conflict, or to be manifest as want and woe,  but every lie must yield to Truth, just as darkness yields to light.  None of us can be robbed of the freedom that knowing (and then living) Truth brings. 

Jamae van Eck