Know the Truth – “The substance of things hoped for” (1)

–          This blog has been focused on discovery of “Know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free” (John 8:32) or knowing the Truth, which is Christian Science jargon for spiritual healing.
–          We settled on to know the Truth is to demonstrate an understanding of God through the seven synonyms that in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures defines God as the “The great I AM” (p. 587), Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love (p.465).
–          We discussed these truths in their healing efficacy of all sin, sickness and death as taught and practiced by Christ Jesus in admonishing and inspiring us to greater works.
–          We used the testament of David and Goliath to frame in consciousness a picture of the full spectrum (seven synonyms for God) and their spiritual meaning within the descriptive power of Truth (David) and their application to the destruction (with a polished stone) of any of life’s challenges (Goliaths).
–          We made reference to the seven synonyms as seven polished stones – polished by their continual use in demonstrating the presence of the Christ Spirit – God.
–          In final furtherance to our discovery discussion, George Henke, in his recent comment to the blog gives us an excellent “key” to the spiritual significance of “stone,” as a spiritual metaphor for the seven synonyms for God as provided by Mary Baker Eddy in her book Miscellaneous Writings where she says “But, say you, is a stone spiritual? To erring material sense, No! but to unerring spiritual sense, it is a small manifestation of Mind, a type of spiritual substance, ‘the substance of things hoped for.’ Mortals can know a stone as substance, only by first admitting that it is substantial. Take away the mortal sense of substance, and the stone itself would disappear, only to reappear in the spiritual sense thereof” (p. 27: 27-2).
–          George further provides another Mary Baker Eddy “key” to the significance of the discovery (educational) process as essential to know (understand) the Truth (God) so as to live in the Christ (idea). “The entire purpose of true education is to make one not only know the truth but live it — to make one enjoy doing right, make one not work in the sunshine and run away in the storm, but work midst clouds of wrong, injustice, envy, hate; and wait on God, the strong deliverer, who will reward righteousness and punish iniquity. ‘As thy days, so shall thy strength be’” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany p. 525: 10-17).
–          Finally, in The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany it states “Goodness never fails to receive its reward, for goodness makes life a blessing. As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good.” It continues, “Rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response:  I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing” (p. 165: 15-22). “Rock. Spiritual foundation; Truth” (Science and Health p. 593).
Christian Science Health Care – Patient centered, rock solid, polished perfect, “the evidence of things not seen” (1)!

(1)   Hebrews 11:1

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4 Responses to Know the Truth – “The substance of things hoped for” (1)

  1. Bob Vessels says:

    Your opening statement about knowing the truth shall make you free is on the wall at a Christian Science church that I have the pleasure of visiting from time to time as it is on the walls of many Christian Science churches. So over the years I have seen it a lot. But at this particular church in Saratoga Springs the statement took on special meaning for me. As I sat down in this church several weeks ago I looked at the statemnet which is on the left hand side of the wall in the front of the church. I thought to myself —What is this truth that will set us free? I found the answer to that question on the wall in the middle of the church. “God is Love” Clearly that is the truth that will set us free! Then I thought to myself — Well how will that freedom be manifested in our human experience? I found the answer to this, my final question, in a statement on the right hand side of the wall of that church. “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.” I feel certain that the statement about truth setting us free will take on special meaning to me from now on, and as I have been pondering this I thought of Mrs. Eddy’s statement: “The depth, breadth,
    height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space. That is enough!.” (S&H 510:3-5) “Free at last. Thank God I am free at last.”

  2. Bob Vessels says:

    “Truth is an alterative in the entire system, and can make it every ‘whit whole.'” What does alterative mean? The dictionary suggests it is a “choice between two incompatible things — like “… purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weakness, and health instead of disease.” (S&H 371:27) It is important to also remember that the all powerful and always present sunlight of Truth invigorates and purifies our human experience in many important ways! (S&H 162:4) brings

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  4. George Henke says:

    Awesome, Bob, just awesome.

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