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Ken Cooper’s “POETIC POSTLUDE” shares Bible EXAMPLES of evil always overcome by omnipotent good
inspired by The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANCY, ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM, DENOUNCED.”
For November 27, 2022

  • In Ken’s poem, “NO PROBLEM!”, a Christian Science Sentinel share link, we see how throughout the Bible the various efforts of false belief never had a chance!
  • Ken’s poem, “THE BALLOON”, shows how a pin-prick of Truth immediately makes nothing of the seeming power of evil, no matter how big it appears.
  • In Ken’s poem “The Man Sick of the Palsy”, the loving action of friends is rewarded by the action of Truth and Love overcoming all obstacles, and brings healing.

[Ken writes] “God has no problems. Why? Because infinite Mind, the I AM THAT I AM of existence, knows everything, can only know the presence of perfection, only knows good. Infinite good can only know itself, and that becomes the starting point for all prayer. It’s all we can hear, for that is all that is being said. In the same way, we can simply state, as a practitioner once wrote to me, that “when error has spoken, nothing has been said”, because there is nothing apart from infinite good. INFINITE PERFECTION HAS NO PROBLEMS. THEREFORE NOR DO WE.

Here is the great challenge we have, – the moment we look at “our” problem we have given life / existence to something which has no life or existence. It is the mesmerist / hypnotist suggesting matter has control. When we identify a problem, seek to analyse why it is there, we give our attention to what is not, and not to the God that is. When “dealing with a problem” we are not dealing with God! So what are we worshipping?

Our Golden Text  is clear: “Never let evil get the best of you, or overcome you in any way; instead, act quickly and decisively, defeating all its false suggestions with the absolute supremacy of good.” This is so important as it says in our textbook,You must control evil thoughts in the first instance, or they will control you in the second.” (S&H 234:26–27). This is not because they have any intrinsic power of their own, but because we haven’t shone the light of truth on them! What power does a shadow have?

My poem NO PROBLEM! (Christian Science Sentinel, share link) sets the all too familiar scene of mortal logic and acceptance, thought following the hypnotist’s spell:

Besieged by overwhelming odds, what chance is left?

Mortal reasoning bereft of hope”.

 When we analyse a problem we make it real………

The battle is not won on the platform of the enemy.

 We do not need to go onto the dramatic platform of the hypnotist to join the devil, or take part in any way as he suggests!  The only theatre is the kingdom of heaven! The poem identifies a wide range of successes against the Biblical challenges presented, sees how they have been overcome by “Obedience”, “Understanding”, “Dominion” “Humility”, and “Gratitude”. When we follow these spiritual qualities, matter has no answer! God’s definition of Himself gives us the eternal answer:

“I AM THAT I AM

Problem solved.”

 No problem: fact, forever!


This is so clearly stated in Section 3, where we see the truth of being laid out: “Evil is a negation, because it is the absence of truth. It is nothing, because it is the absence of something. It is unreal, because it presupposes the absence of God, the omnipotent and omnipresent. Every mortal must learn that there is neither power nor reality in evil.” (cit. S14: 186:11) THERE IS NO PROBLEM!


 And we see this even more in the imagery of a great balloon that, like the serpent, appears to swell to enormous size. In my poem “The Balloon” it mesmerically tries to take over:

“The balloon was blown up to incredible size
It taught me a lesson that made me more wise.
Becoming quite fright’ning as it grew and grew,
I shrank from before its enveloping view.”

We can be so easily hypnotised by the tales and stories of matter, the fake news that seeks to inform, – but what is its source? When we know the source of anything we also know its justification, standard, relevance. Error has none.  We must know that right where evil seems to be rampant, right there God is ever present. Right now.

“The knowledge that evil was nothing to fear,
Was the tiny sharp pin that soon cleared the air.”

Faith as a grain of mustard seed is the same as the smallest knowledge of Truth, – it can blow away a mountain! The point of a needle is tiny, but how effective! The simple facts of Truth, however small they seem, can blow away any error. What a relief, what comfort, when the error is seen for what it is, and is proved to be the nothing that it is! 2+2=4 was never worried by the suggestion 2+2=5. How could it be?!        

“Whenever we’re tempted to shrink with alarm
Let Truth be our strong point and God our right arm.”

WE DON’T NEED TO DO ANYTHING: GOD HAS ALREADY DONE IT!

THIS IS THE POWER OF “LISTENING” PRAYER.


Section 4 has the healing of a man immobile with illness. My poem,“The Man Sick of the Palsy”, is based on the narrative in Luke 5:18-26.  We see this man’s friends take a key role in getting him to see Jesus.

Jesus, friends, he’s in our village, in the house just down the way,
Crowds have gathered there for healing, and to hear what he will say.
Quick, my friends, let’s fetch our brother, for his palsy he can heal,
Off we ran with joy between us, glowing faith we did all feel.

Just as they thought they had succeeded, they found the way blocked.

Soon arrived, our breaths were panting, but the crowd gave us no heed.
“Please”, we cried, “make way for Andrew, can’t you see his desperate need?”

How often do we find our way blocked, – the last laugh of mortal error! The hypnotist leaving a trap. A belief in time? It’s just not to be??  What to do? Keep focusing on the goal! There is nothing can stop us: “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need”.  (SH 494:10-11) What they did next was extraordinary, – making a hole in a roof that was not theirs! (It’s fun to think what blessing may have followed…Love never leaves anyone worse off….)

Come, let’s go upon the roof top, seems the thing we have to do.
There’s some rope, now that’s a blessing! we will lower him right through!
Carefully we took some tiles out, trusting this would be alright,
Then we made a cautious breakthrough, and the crowd all saw more light!!

They were led by Love. And healing resulted. Notwithstanding the debate had with the scribes, there was never any question that the man would not be healed, – another example of the effortlessness of Jesus knowing the truth. But also a very good example of loving thy neighbour, and the benefits that follow for everyone involved:

We now look back with gratitude, that we acted straightaway.
And we know the Christ is present, with us always, everyday.
Jesus gave his message to us, Heal the sick and raise the dead.”
Let not palsied thought restrain us: come, get up, and do as said!

We have all been given the power to heal, and it is clear that Mary Baker Eddy wanted us to follow this clear command. Note what The Church Manual says: Healing Better than Teaching. Sect. 7. Healing the sick and the sinner with Truth demonstrates what we affirm of Christian Science, and nothing can substitute this demonstration. I recommend that each member of this Church shall strive to demonstrate by his or her practice, that Christian Science heals the sick quickly and wholly, thus proving this Science to be all that we claim for it.” (Manual of The Mother Church, p. 92:3). What better way is there to denounce all forms of animal magnetism! We denounce all error by announcing all Truth. In other words, “Do as said”.;

When we love others we too are “clad in the panoply of Love”, ( see cit. S30, 571:15). We cannot be touched by evil, for universal Love is thus demonstrated, and we see and prove ourselves ever safe in the kingdom of heaven, at one with “I AM THAT I AM”.

No problem!


Bible verses are taken from my combined translations, a free copy of which is available on an excel spreadsheet for those who may be interested. The spreadsheet also includes a genealogy from Adam to Jesus, with related notes. Shared with love. Write to Ken on kengcooper@btinternet.com.

Updated Downloads link for Copies of these poems are available in pdf format in color and B&W as DOWNLOADS at the bottom of the online version of this Poetic Prelude The full range of Ken’s videos on YouTube can be found on KenGCooperPoetry.  All Ken’s poetry and other writings can be found on Ken Cooper Poetry. (Links work on Metaphysical page).

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