Know the “Truth” – A spiritual law of freedom

Recently, Christine Driessen, CSB, Christian Science Teacher and Lecturer, commented on my blog post “Knowing the Truth (Christian Science jargon for spiritual healing).” She says “The phrase ‘Know the truth’ is actually a quote from Christ Jesus when he said to his followers, ‘Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.’ John 8:32. Jesus healed every kind of physical suffering we face today–acute, chronic, congenital, hereditary, contagious, long standing problems; and even raised the dead. And he said that anyone who followed his teaching could heal as he did and do greater works than these. John 14:12. Knowing the truth that God, Spirit, is our Father and created us frees us from the belief of suffering of every sort.

St. Paul also talks about the freeing power of this truth when we ‘know’ it to be true. Mary Baker Eddy says on page 113:8 in First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, that Paul declares the truth of the complete system of Christian Science in two verses in the Bible: Rom. 8:1-2, ‘There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit, for the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus frees us from the law of sin and death.’ The word condemnation also means ‘incurability.’ What promise is found in this ‘Truth’!

Archibald McLellan, an Editor of the Christian Science Journal, in a February 1910 article, punctuates this “exacting Science,” system of Christian Science spiritual healing as it relates to the exactness in the scientific classification of Truth in working out a problem analogous to the exactness in the scientific classification of mathematics. He says “It is sometimes said by those who are critical of Christian Science, that its adherents are narrow, that they are persons of one idea, even bigoted in their insistence upon one way and only one way of expressing themselves and the universe. Yet these same critics are not offended by the exactness and ‘bigotry’ displayed by the mathematician, who is equally exact and equally insistent upon the manner in which a problem in mathematics shall be stated and worked out. Just why this should be so is hard to explain, except upon the theory that these critics look upon mathematics as an exact science, and the relation of God to man and the universe as a relation of chance and change; a theory which will not bear analysis.

If, with God, there is, as the apostle James wrote, ‘no variableness, neither shadow of turning,’ then the knowledge of God and His relation to His creation cannot be otherwise than the knowledge of something which is exact and unchangeable, and this knowledge can be rightly expressed only in the most exact and certain way. This is clearly stated by Mrs. Eddy in Science and Health, where she says (p.127): ‘If God, the All-in-all, be the creator of the spiritual universe, including man, then everything entitled to a classification as truth, or Science, must be comprised in a knowledge or understanding of God, for there can be nothing beyond illimitable divinity.’”

Truthematics – Count on it!

 

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3 Responses to Know the “Truth” – A spiritual law of freedom

  1. Wonderful quote, Paul, from Archibald McLellan about the exactness of this Science and the need to follow it exactly. You know today many of our dictionaries have replaced traditional definitions with more secular ones. For example, “righteousness” is often defined today as “doing what you think is right”–meaning each person can redefine “right” anyway they want. And then people wonder why prayer doesn’t seem to work!

    Christ Jesus said God provides for all our needs, and Jesus taught and proved that each of us could heal any physical problem through the Christ power, but he said we have to first “Seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these other things would be added unto us.” However, if we think “righteousness” is something we can redefine according to the beliefs of a particular period, then when we appeal to divine law in our prayers, we may think mistakenly that prayer doesn’t work.
    But look at this definition from the dictionary of Mary Baker Eddy’s time, because it’s taken right from the original Greek meaning of this word: Definition of righteousness (Noah Webster, 2nd ed., 1852):
    “Conformity of heart and life to the divine law, the active and passive obedience of Christ, by which the law of God is fulfilled. Purity of heart, rectitude of life.” “Rectitude” is defined as “exact conformity to truth, or to the rules prescribed for moral conduct, either by divine or human laws.” “Exact” means “precise, strict, careful, not negligent.”

    I also find this passage in Science and Health, 327:17, with the marginal note ‘Peremptory demands”, very interesting: “To the physical senses, the strict demands of Christian Science seem peremptory; but mortals are hastening to learn that Life is God, good, and that evil has in reality neither place nor power in the human or the divine economy.”
    The word “peremptory” is defined as “Express; positive; absolute; decisive; authoritative; in a manner to preclude debate or expostulation.”

    Divine law is absolute, allowing no debate or challenge, but that is what makes it so reliable. Since Gen. 1 says that everything that God makes is very good and Deut. 32:4 says His work is perfect, and Ps. 18:32 says God makes our way perfect, then we do not need to fear God’s law or His will. God causes us to succeed and prosper and be in safety and in good health (Gen.1:28), and when we are absolutely obedient to the law of God, then we find that prayer is effective and reliable every time–we see and experience that goodness right here and now. Just as when we are absolutely obedient to the law of mathematics, we are able to work out mathematical problems with mathematical certainty!

  2. Susan says:

    Truthematics! I love it. What a great article that supports the Principle which is God.

  3. Bob Vessels says:

    The story of David killing Goliath with just one of five smooth stones suggests to me that the Goliaths of today — dementia, Alzheimer’s, cancer etc — are ripe for destruction. You see we have a greater arsenal than David did. We have seven stones — Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind, Principle — available to us. What we need to do is make certain they are made smooth by an enlightened understanding, and demonstration. Like David we really only need one smooth stone to do the job, but we are better prepared to do battle if all seven of the stones in our possession are smooth. As I thought about this I felt blessed by the recent postings on the “Know the ‘Truth’” blogs. They provided very effective “polishing agents” for helping me smooth my concept of Truth as an important stone in the arsenal for destroying the Goliaths of today. Truly “… Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” from each and every argument being used to convince us that we are less than the image and likeness of God.

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