True Independence

by MJSmith

            The United States of America just celebrated Independence Day (2017).  This great country is set up to give men inalienable rights.  It has a Constitution stating these rights.  But, do men sometimes go too far in thinking they have a right to act in certain ways?  Are they misguided and misdirected?  Today there are groups on the left who call themselves anti-fascists.  What these people really are is pro-communism.  They have decided that it is okay to use violence against those they consider to be their enemies even though they may be fellow countrymen or neighbors.  So when they go out and protest (riot) they destroy property, hurt people, and they go up against the police.  Nor do they want to listen to the other’s viewpoint, because they are right (even though they are on the Left).  Some of them are even willing to spin the fable that their group has been infiltrated by their enemy and that it is their enemy who is doing all the damage and violence (but it is not so).  What they have really been infiltrated with are communist George Soros’ paid thugs.  This method (paying thugs to do violence) has been utilized since the Bolshevik riots in Russia (before communism took over the country).  It was the international (international means communism) bankers who paid the communists (Lenin and Trotsky) to hire the thugs and these international bankers paid for the communist revolution.  If the modern day thugs get arrested by the police (for doing wrong – breaking the law) they may find that their freedom is taken away from them, at least for a while.  I guess they are willing to loose their freedom.

            What does the word independence mean?  It means that if you are independent that you are self-reliant, that you stand upon your own two feet, in other words, you do not need big government to give you welfare money, you go out and support yourself by getting a job.  But could it mean even more than this?  I found the following statement upon the topic of Independence in DIVINITY COURSE AND GENERAL COLECTANIAArticles or Points from Articles, attributed to Mary Baker Eddy, page 161-162.

            “A man has no right to do wrong.  His right is to do and think right.  Independence consists in his liberty and right to do right.  The misconstruction of the word independence is the offspring of malicious animal magnetism.  Beware of defending your right to do wrong, and be strong to defend yourself against the right to do evil.  Man’s right is his power and privilege to act independently of evil suggestions or motives and he has neither right nor liberty to do wrong.  Neither divine law nor human law recognizes the right of man to sin, to steal, to commit adultery, to murder; and to do these things no more means independence than no means yes, or good means evil.  So long as he exercises this mistaken sense of right, he will wrong himself and others, heap up wrath against the day of wrath, and bring upon himself punishment according to his deeds.  (See S&H 23:5)”

            Of course, man knows that sinning, thievery, adultery, and murder are against God’s Law (Ten Commandments) and humanity’s civil law.  But to think evil thoughts and then state them out loud is not protected by “Freedom of Speech”.  Hate speech should be avoided by mankind at all costs, not just because it does the person you hate possible harm, but because it does the one voicing the hatred more harm.  Why do you think that the Golden Rule tells us to do unto others as we would have them do unto you?  It is so that you will not harm others, yes, but it is also meant to keep you safe.  Thinking evil thoughts about somebody else is usually the cause behind a mortal’s illnesses or diseases becoming manifest in their material body.  The speaker of hate speech becomes immoral in thought and deed.  The speaker of hate speech may also be falsely influencing other individuals who would never consider such thoughts on their own.  This is called mental contagion.  And mental contagion can become epidemically contagious especially when broadcast over the news.
            This brings me to page 160-161 of the same book (a.k.a. – the Blue Book), having a few paragraphs with the headings of Motive and Logic.

            (April 16, 1909)  We think before we speak, then if our thought is right our words will be as nearly right as our thoughts; but if our thoughts are wrong and our words are right, the result will follow the wrong direction.  We may deceive man but we cannot deceive God.  He searcheth the heart and rewards or punishes the motive until the act follows in the right direction.  Oh!  Thou eternal Love, I leave my adopted children – and Thy children – to Thee who art wisdom, unfailing and unfaltering wisdom and Love, to guard them in this hour of the attempted reign of M.A.M.,[1] the reign and rule of all that is selfish, debased and unjust.
            My beloved students:  Enter into the closet of divine Love and there in humility ask this ever-present power to shield and to defend you from the enemies of your souls and bodies, to defend you and guard you and guide you in the paths of righteousness, pleasantness and Truth.
            Be not deceived; “God is not mocked:  for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”  God knows your motive and will reward it or punish it according to His wisdom and justice, not yours.  Not the so-called human, but the divine wisdom shall reign despite your mistaken human hopes, motives or acts.  Examine your motives; ask if selfish desire governs them; or if in obedience to the divine command you are taking up your cross and following Him.  Self-seeking will never result in Soul-finding—in finding divine wisdom and Love apart from self, and self swallowed up in a victory of Soul.  There is but one way of salvation from sin, disease and death, and this way is to take up the cross in order to follow Christ; then God, who knows your motive, will reward your act according to that motive and not according to your words.  Hear O Israel!  You cannot succeed with a wrong motive, for it will result in a wrong act.  Cleanse your hearts, ye doubleminded, and keep your account with God, for ye shall be judged according to the Book of Life that registers motives, and records the impulses of Mind, not matter.  Let thy tongue and thy pen be employed in the execution of right motives, then shall thy reward come from heaven, that overcometh the powers of earth and wherein and whereby man deals justly, walks humbly.

            (July 10, 1909)  If a man says, “I lie”, does he tell the truth or does he lie?  The logical reply is:  if he lies he tells the truth and if he tells the truth, he lies.  We ask, “What is a lie?”  It is the absence of Truth, or reality, the absence of God, the absence of good, hence evil is a lie and a lie is not real, therefore evil is unreal.  An evil-doer is losing his own selfhood; he is becoming a nonentity, harming himself more than he can harm any other person.  What then is success in evil?  It is downright defeat.  The greater its success the surer its defeat.  Evil is self-destroyed.  What is this destruction?  It is the loss of the power to do good and to realize the attainable power that is good.  The most selfish mortal should heed the Scripture, “Do thyself no harm”.  Selfishness is the development of sin, sickness, disease, death.  Soul is unselfed; it could not be immortal and be selfish.  The most selfish man or woman is the most soulless, when selfishness consists in loving one’s self better than he loves his neighbor.  [END]

            So what do I say about the newscasters and politicians who are constantly putting forth false propaganda out into the mental atmosphere about President Donald J. Trump, his family, and his cabinet?  They are either sinning on purpose or they are sinning due to ignorance.  I am not here to call out any of these wrong doers by name, as they already know who they are.  I am just here to warn them about the harm they are doing to themselves.  Likewise, if the President, his family and cabinet do not follow the Laws of God then they too must wake up and begin to behave themselves.  We all must begin to love our brethren, otherwise what is the point?  None of us have the right to hate someone just because we feel that that someone hates us first.  God does not ask us to hate others.  God expects us to Love unconditionally.
            The human race seems to have a long way to go, as we still believe that we have enemies, we still believe that we must go to war with these enemies.  What is the answer?  Yes, a lot of people on the Left believe that we must love the extreme Islamic terrorists and that this will end the war.  But their idea of what love is, is misguided, they do not know how to love aright.  They do not really understand what it is to Love when they are condemning the Right and believing that those of the Right are bigots and fascists, etc.  So how do we overcome those extreme Islamic terrorists who want to kill off all the Western infidels?  It is not by simply saying that you love someone; especially if you are hating someone else because you believe that someone is hating the someone you are professing to be loving!  The way to overcome one’s “so-called” enemy is by seeing (understanding) the real man, spiritual man, instead of experiencing mortal men via the five material senses.  It is ONLY through Christian Science that we can begin to stop believing in the anthropomorphic man that seems to be a most horrible sinner and hater.   No other faith or religion teaches us how to truly Love our neighbor.
            So, let us go to SCIENCE AND HEALTH, the 14th chapter “Recapitulation” to a Question and its Answer:

            Question. — What is man?
Fleshly factors unreal
            Answer.  — Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements.  The Scriptures inform us [in Genesis 1 – the first creation story] that man is made in the image and likeness of God.  Matter [Adam in Genesis 2 onward – the second creation story] is not that likeness.  The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit.  Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science.  Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique.  He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God’s image and likeness; the conscious identity of being as found in Science, in which man is the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal; that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single-quality underived from Deity; that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.
            And God said:  “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
Man unfallen
            Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death.  The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom [independence] to sin.  A mortal sinner is not God’s man.  Mortals are the counterfeits of immortals.  They are the children of the wicked one, or the one evil, which declares that man [spoken of in Genesis 2 onward – in the second creation story] begins in dust [like Adam] or as a material embryo [like Cain].  In divine Science, God and the real man [spoken of in Genesis 1 – in the first creation story] are inseparable as divine Principle and idea.
Mortals are not immortals
            Error, urged to its final limits, is self-destroyed.  Error will cease to claim that soul is in body, that life and intelligence are in matter, and that this matter is man.  God is the Principle of man, and man is the idea of God.  Hence man is not mortal nor material.  Mortals will disappear, and immortals, or the children of God, will appear as the only and eternal verities of man.  Mortals are not fallen children of God.  They never had a perfect state of being which may subsequently be regained.  They were, from the beginning of mortal history, “conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity.”  Mortality is finally swallowed up in immortality.  Sin, sickness and death must disappear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal man.
Imperishable identity
            Learn this, O mortal, and earnestly seek the spiritual status of man, which is outside of all material selfhood.  Remember that the Scriptures say of mortal man:  “As for man, his days are as grass:  as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.  For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.”
The kingdom within
            When speaking of God’s children [“The spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love.” (S&H 582:28)], not the children of men [“Sensual and mortal beliefs; counterfeits of creation, whose better originals are God’s thoughts, not in embryo, but in maturity; material suppositions of life, substance and intelligence, opposed to the Science of being.” (S&H 583:1)], Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you;” that is, truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God’s image is unfallen and eternal.  Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals.  In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick.  Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.  Man is not a material habitation for Soul; he is himself spiritual.  Soul, being Spirit, is seen in nothing imperfect nor material.
Material body never God’s idea
            Whatever is material is mortal.  To the five corporeal senses, man appears to be matter and mind united; but Christian Science reveals man as the idea of God, and declares the corporeal senses to be mortal and erring illusions.  Divine Science shows it to be impossible that a material body, though interwoven with matter’s highest stratum, misnamed mind, should be man—the genuine and perfect man, the immortal idea of being, indestructible and eternal.  Were it otherwise, man would be annihilated.  (S&H 475:5-477:18)

            Let us now go back to two sentences:  “Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals.  In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick.”  This explains how Jesus Christ healed.
            Is it possible that today’s problem in dealing with Muslim terrorists is rooted to the history of Abraham, found within the Old Testament?  In the story of Abraham has two sons. The oldest son was Ishmael – father of the Islamic race.  Ishmael had twelve sons (twelve tribes).  Then Abraham has a second son who is named Isaac.  Isaac is father to twins Esau and Jacob and Jacob is father of twelve sons (twelve tribes of Israel).  Ishmael’s mother is the bond woman while Isaac’s mother is independent womanhood based upon God (Principle).  Thus, the twelve tribes of Ishmael represent Adam man who is bound to matter, while the twelve tribes of Israel represent generic man, free in Spirit.  Ishmael is the symbol for the First Degree of depravity, and he has contempt in his heart for his half-brother Isaac (of the Second Degree where evil beliefs begin to disappear.  This brotherly feuding is still going on today!  And it explains, to some extent, the hatred that some of the Islam race (Eastern civilization) has for the tribes of Israel (Western civilization).  So how does this fighting end?  Perhaps the answer lies in Isaac, who has two sons (twins – intertwined).  The first son, Esau, is of the First Degree while the second, Jacob, is of the Second Degree.  Yet, Jacob is eventually spiritually translated to the Third Degree of spiritual understanding and spiritually identified as Israel.  When this spiritual identification takes place within Jacob’s conscious thought he is able to see the true spiritual nature of his brother Esau, who he feared before, but now sees his brother has the same face (spiritual identity) as God.  So, like Jacob we must all wrestle “with error, sin, and sense” and once we do this then we find that we are “governed by divine Science”.  (see S&H 583:6-8)
            Likewise, what is the fight between the political Right and Left?  Is it not the belief that the masculine right is at odds with the feminine left?  It is the same belief that man lost his (left) rib in order to create a help meet.  Thus the man believes he is now not whole or complete (divine); he believes that he has become separated from his divine nature, from God, that something is missing.  But the woman, falsely identified as Eve (mother of all material life) by Adam, fights for her independence (woman’s lib) from mortal man.  Yet, the only way for feminists to regain their true independence is by recognizing that they are the woman who is God-crowned (generic man), the woman is already complete and whole and has never been separated from her spiritual manhood (of twelve star nations).  Sometimes the woman is forced to reflect her manhood because the mortal men in her corporeal experience are so worthless (not a help meet at all).  When this happens it forces the woman to gain her true independence – leads her out of matter belief (bondage).  This is exactly what happened to Mary Baker Eddy.
            Communism has been adopted by the Left (false femininity) while capitalism is adopted by the Right (false masculinity), and the Left claims that the Right has adopted fascism.  The Left believes in large material government (smother-hood) while the Right believes in limited government (for the most part.  Today many Republicans align their opinions more with the Left).  Likewise, the members of The First Church of Christ Scientist believe in material organization (a Smother-Church) while there are the Independent Christian Scientists who know that spiritual organization is the only true Church – the Church Universal and Triumphant.   Can the two merge or be reunited?  Yes, when it is realized that woman and man have never been separated from each other.  There is no need for sexual activity (joining together male and female) because man and woman is one generic man.

First Edition

            In mainstream Christianity is the belief that man is fallen; fallen from Grace (God), thus the belief goes up that man is separated from God (Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love).  It came to me many years ago that the term “fallen” means that man simply fell asleep into the deep sleep put upon Adam in the second creation story found in Genesis.  The BIBLE never states that Adam woke up from his “deep sleep.”  Thus, everything that really transpires from that point onward in Adam’s life is really a dream, even if Adam is walking in his sleep.  When will man decide to wake up form the A-damned dream and realize he is one with God, never separated at all, he never lost his rib (arch covenant with God)?
            Is it not possible that the reason why the Republican Congress and Senate are unable to vote on the repealing and replacement of Obama Care because mortal man (Adam man) is still asleep in the belief that he must have medical insurance in case he gets sick, ill, or is on death’s doorstep?  The real answer to Obama Care is not a different bill, it is this simple – the following book must be placed in the hands of all citizens of the world – SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, by Mary Baker Eddy.  Is it also possible that the main reason why big government seems to be trying to dictate men’s lives (put him in bondage) is because the church heads of  The First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston will not follow the estoppel clauses in the Church Manual?  If these estoppel clauses were obeyed then it would end the material organization of the Boston Church.  If this were done then big government, the one world order folk (the International Bankers, the Progressives [socialists and communists]), would cease to exist.  True Independence is gained by man when he begins to read both the BIBLE and SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES.  This helps him to wake up from the Adam dream.

[1] malicious animal magnetism