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Know the Truth and the Truth will set you free!
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“Truth”
January
22–28, 2024

by John and Lindsey Biggs, C.S of Maryland Heights, MO
541 418 1176 JohnBiggsCS@gmail.com
541 460 3515 biggs.lindsey@gmail.com


Introduction

“What is Truth?” is a question that appears in some form or another in each section of this week’s Lesson. From Pilate asking Jesus this very question, to kings trying to discern which prophets to listen to, to people seeking freedom from physical ailments, the question “what is Truth?” is one that guides each person in their quest for salvation.

Let’s explore how Truth is inherent in each of us and how responding to it brings us in accord with God’s will of goodness and freedom.


Golden Text

I love the promise of this Golden Text. You WILL know the Truth. It’s a promise. The Truth is enforcing itself in us. Since error, matter, is based on a fallacy, there is nothing to sustain it. It is a zero. So, we can see Truth must be the victor and error fades away. It is like the tares and the wheat.  The wheat is the real and the eternal. The wheat is the permanent spiritual understanding of God’s reality and perfection which is demonstrated in health and harmony.

As we disbelieve in error, it fades away. And what is left is a harmonious, Truth-filled consciousness.

“Perfection underlies reality. Without perfection, nothing is wholly real. All things will continue to disappear, until perfection appears and reality is reached.”
(Science and Health, p. 353)

The law of harmony is the Truth. So, the inherent nature of the universe is to be harmonious. It is our privilege to bear witness to Christ, Truth. This Truth sets us free by causing us to realize the spiritual truth of being.


Responsive Reading

“I was born into this world to tell about the truth. And everyone who belongs to the truth knows my voice.” John 18:37
It’s actually the Christ within us that responds to Truth. The Christ is present within each individual causing us to turn more towards God. It is our inherent spiritual nature as the image and likeness of God. It is what caused people to follow Jesus, to respond to his message. The Christ is attractive, it resonates with us. The Christ impels us to go higher.

Jesus was absolutely certain of the Truth. Perhaps that’s because he knew that he was at one with a spiritual kingdom.

He said: “My kingdom doesn’t belong to this world.” (John 18:36)

Jesus was scientifically certain about where he came from and where he would return. He knew his divine rights as the perfect son of God. This enabled him to have control over matter and to be able to heal every condition. He knew that nothing could separate him or anyone from God’s kingdom and God’s love. He knew that God’s kingdom was good, complete and was the rightful place of each individual.


Section 1 God unshakeable, unmovable

God is described as a Rock in this section. What are some qualities of rock?  Stability, security, unshakeable, unmovable, firm, trustworthy.  Jesus talks about building our house on a rock – building our consciousness and our lives on the Rock of Truth.

“Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” (Luke 6:47, 48)

We can follow Jesus and build our house on a rock. We can build our house on what Truth is saying to us. Even when this contradicts material sense, material feelings, etc. Then we will have the firmness and stability of a firm foundation that cannot be washed away because it is built on Truth (not person, not history, not time, etc.)

When we build on material sense evidence, then we are building our house on sand, and we will feel the shiftiness and instability of that until our consciousness is transformed. Spiritual evidence comes from spiritual consciousness, inspiration, revelation, and spiritual reasoning. It is the actual perception of spiritual reality that transforms the human experience. When we build our house on spiritual evidence then we are building on a rock.

God’s work is perfect, as this passage in Deuteronomy says (citation B1/ Deut. 32:3). Perfection is the underlying law of reality.

“The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, — perfect God and perfect man, — as the basis of thought and demonstration.”
(Science and Health, p. 259:11)

The human mind must yield and consent to this. Although this mind seems to argue for itself, for its knowledge, its experience.

“The human mind has been an idolater from the beginning, having other gods and believing in more than the one Mind.”
(Science and Health, p. 186:32)

So, we don’t want to believe in or trust the human mind. We want to be firm in the divine Mind. A mind that is pure and perfect. Perhaps that is why we solemnly pray to have the Mind that was in Christ Jesus. Only this Mind can give us information that is real and correct. This Mind is the Truth-giver to man. This mind that never leads us astray. A mind that is resolutely built on the Truth.

“… a Truth-filled mind makes a pure Christianity and a healthy mind and body.”
(The People’s Idea of God, p. 5)


Section 2 False prophets

In the Old Testament, kings often consulted prophets before embarking on an important decision such as a battle plan. The problem is that there were different kinds of prophets. There were prophets who were ordained by God – such as Jeremiah, Isaiah, Samuel, Nathaniel, etc. They were given messages from God to convey to the kings. But sometimes the kings didn’t like the messages the prophets had to convey. So, there were a lot of other prophets – hired by kings to acquiesce with the king’s wishes and desires. How does the king know who to listen to? Well, they often chose the prophets that told them what they wanted to hear.

God describes these false prophets this way:

“Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.” (Jeremiah 14:14)

In the case of Jeremiah, he prophesied for years to the king warning him to change his ways (to stop worshiping foreign gods, to stop corruption and greed). But the king and those serving in the court, living lavishly, were disinclined to change their ways. They didn’t want to change their old habits to live in accord with God. So, they threw Jeremiah into a pit to try to stop his persistent oracles. And, soon, Babylon conquered Israel.

Similarly, in the story in this section, the king doesn’t want to hear the message Micaiah prophesies. It doesn’t agree with the prophets of his court or with what the king wants to do. So, he throws Micaiah in jail. Because of this the king meets his demise in battle, even though listening to Michaiah would have saved the king.

You can read more historical context from Bible Lens Research:

In this story, King Ahab of Israel resolves to conquer the strategically important city of Ramoth, east of the Jordan River in Gilead. A regular practice of rulers facing major decisions was to seek prophetic counsel—and when Ahab at Jehoshaphat’s request calls for wisdom from his four hundred seers, they subserviently concur with his intention.
Though King Jehoshaphat of Judah agrees to join the war effort, he doesn’t trust Ahab’s court prophets—men whose loyalty is to their king instead of to God. Just one of God’s prophets is to be consulted: Micaiah, unknown beyond this account.
When urged to agree with the court seers, Micaiah at first foretells, perhaps sarcastically, what Ahab wants to hear—that the military venture will be successful. Then he commits to conveying God’s message, a prediction of defeat and advice to refrain from war. (The mention of sheep having no master is viewed as alluding to Ahab’s death.) Rejecting this oracle, Ahab sends Micaiah to prison. The king’s willfulness brings about his demise in battle.

Who was Micaiah? Not to be confused with Micah. You can read more here: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/micaiah


Section 3 Truth is forever

Relativism can be a big challenge today. Of course, we all have unique perspectives, and what looks one way to someone, might very reasonably look completely different to someone else. But there is indeed one Truth – God – and Truth, being infinite, accounts for infinite opportunities to see it, but doesn’t allow for there to be literal, multiple truths. Whether we are considering the personal realm, with our health, personal history, and study of Scripture, or considering the broader realm of praying for the world, it’s important to let the certainty of one Truth, God – who is Love – be our backdrop and illumination and ultimate Creator. It’s helpful that Bible citation 8 ends with that passage clarifying how we can live our love for the truth: by following the commandments we have been given (the 10 Commandments in Exodus, and Christ Jesus’ teachings exemplifying and showing us the true practicality of them). We aren’t making up our own ethical code; we have been given a Rock, and it is our privilege and responsibility to build on that Rock.

The Sentinel Watch for January 1, 2024, (titled “Can we rewrite the past?”, with Jenny Sawyer) includes some wonderful healing ideas that give a clear, spiritual sense of how to more accurately assess the truth – including the truth about what seems like happened in the past. Jenny shares some very helpful healings that she has experienced through gaining a clearer sense of the absolute nature of Truth. You can listen at this link here.


Section 4 The truth is, that we start free!

In Science and Health citation 17, which is part of the “Trial Allegory” given at the conclusion of Mary Baker Eddy’s chapter on Christian Science Practice, we have this wonderful, final statement: “…the prisoner is not guilty!” Something that I find deeply moving about that proclamation, is that it comes BEFORE the pages which are filled with allegorical, spiritual evidence as to man’s freedom and the unjust nature of the claims of sickness. It is so important that innocence is our primal state. The justice system in the United States, as well as other countries, has a cherished principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ While the court of public opinion has not always followed this principle, the ideal of it is deeply important to the foundational belief that “All men [including women!] are created equal.”

Equality, freedom, and innocence are bedrock qualities to build upon. And it is God who maintains our true nature and status as whole and free. No matter the claims brought against man, God will always be man’s Creator and Shepherd. Now, it is important to challenge the false claims; in court, if a claim is brought against a defendant and no one challenges that claim, then the defendant has no chance. We do need to lovingly and faithfully rely on the correct, loving, spiritual report of the Christ – our Advocate and Comforter – who tells us who we truly are. Our attention, our consent, can be given more and more wholeheartedly to God and His angels. And we also need to make sure not to argue against the declarations of Truth – not insist that we really are in trouble!

One thing that helps me with my certainty of Truth’s care, is how specifically Mary Baker Eddy unpacked this whole trial allegory, showing us the specificity of Truth’s preemptive claims over us. Jesus showed us this certain surety of healing – Bible citation 11 tells us he touched the woman’s hand, and she was whole. Perhaps this touch symbolized her forever union with the healing light of Christ, with nothing unclean or discordantly parceled out about her. But it’s certain that he knew, even before he walked in the door, that she was free. We can have this same preemptive assurance – not based on willpower or just “wanting it,” but because that’s our primary state.


Section 5 Truth is of God, not person

In Bible citation 13, recounting a story of healing from the book of Acts, we have a wonderful example of the honest humility which must accompany healing work. The people of Lystra were convinced that this healing must indicate or be the result of great personal power, and they thought Paul and Barnabas were literally the incarnation of the Greek and Roman gods. The gods in the Greek and Roman pantheon represented very specific qualities – they were like the grand personalization of various qualities – and they also were quite fickle, changing their approach on a whim. Of course, that was because these gods were the outcome of humans trying to explain natural and social phenomena without actually starting from a standpoint of real truth. It’s interesting how in Acts 14:15, Paul says, “…we are men of like passions with you…” He wanted to make it clear that there was not some special personal power that set him and Barnabas above “ordinary” humans. What they brought to the table was an insistence on going BEYOND human conception, BEYOND human power (or human disability!), and inquiring with Truth itself about what was really going on here. Then, the next Bible citation, number 14 from II John, is such a fascinating conclusion to that story; we cannot lose the good gained, if we keep looking to and acknowledging the source of that good! But if we start to think that good is all about us, or dependent on some other person, then we are not standing on the changeless, trustworthy Rock of the Divine.

Let’s love to be alert for ways to honor God and keep Him centermost in all our dealings!


Section 6 Recognize no selfhood apart from God

“…thy law is within my heart…” (cit. B16/ Psalm 40:8, 9) signifies how natural it is to feel the Truth. It is written within us. No other voices, no confusion. Just absolute clarity about what is real and true, and a willingness to respond to the Truth.

“I delight to do thy will, O my God….” (cit. B16/ Psalm 40:8, 9) shows us that we naturally want to follow good. We naturally want to forsake any sense of self that prevents us from following God fully and completely. Science and Health talks about washing away any sense of self apart from God with a “universal solvent of Love” (SH p. 242).
As the image and likeness of good, we can strive to be fully in tune with God each moment by responding to God’s will and following what God is saying to us.

Jesus recognized no selfhood apart from God. This gave him both humility and spiritual power. He conformed to God’s will; to what God is knowing and seeing. He allowed his human self – his human consciousness to fully align with the divine view – and the result was healing.

Mary Baker Eddy writes that Jesus was oblivious to human self.
“To carry out his holy purpose, he must be oblivious of human self.”
(Miscellaneous Writings, p. 162:28)

Bible Lens Research writes:
In this passage, the poet reveals a total surrender of personal goals and desires. When this release happens, one scriptural authority suggests, “God’s claim . . . is accepted as a call to a joyous, active life arising out of the sentiments of a heart that knows itself to be at one with the will (law) of God.”

These verses from Psalms (cit. B16/Psalm 40:8, 9) illustrate a oneness with God that Jesus represented and demonstrated. By keeping our thoughts filled with God, good, we, too, can live and demonstrate that oneness also. By doing so, we will know the truth, be set free – and so prove that “Truth is always the victor.” (cit. S39/380)

Have a joy-filled week of freedom and blessings!


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