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Believeth Thou This?

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    Florence
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    John 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

    SH 582:1,2 Believing: Firmness and constancy; not a faltering nor a blind faith, but the perception of spiritual Truth.

    The fact that Jesus talks quite a bit about believing in His discourse with Martha shows what we must put some of our “efforts for reform” into applying the Truth, until our beliefs become understanding and understanding grows into unswerving conviction.

    It made me wonder if I ever questioned certain rules that I was given growing up. They became beliefs I held to so strongly. If I accepted those without proof why couldn’t I believe what the Bible, especially as explained through Science was saying just as readily.
    Is it not because of trusting or distrusting the source? Mrs. Eddy repeatedly uses the word admit and admission; we must accept, admit these Truths and work with them to prove their reality to ourselves. When I utter the Truth I must ask myself : Believeth thou this? Do I trust what I am saying. This should help with some disciplining of thought as to which side I am on.

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    Gary
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    Thank you for pointing out that we must be willing to leave the old for the new, to be as little children in our willingness to obey our heavenly Father, to try the spirits, whether they be of God or not, etc.

    By this time, Jesus had spent three years teaching and demonstrating the laws of the universe by healing all sorts of disease. He was nearing the end of his mission, and he was expecting some people to begin to understand the Principle of his work. Afterward, he admitted to his disciples that there were some things he could tell them, but that they were not ready to hear them. It was left for Mrs. Eddy to discover the “Science” of Christianity. Now that we have the textbook, how serious am I to really learn this science and live my life in accordance with it? How willing am I to test it in my life and to prove Jesus’ assertion that “the works that I do shall ye do also, and greater works than these…”?

    In last week’s lesson, we read “For true happiness, man must harmonize with his Principle, divine Love;” (S&H) In order to harmonize with our Principle, we must know what it is! And since we are all looking for happiness, why not trust Mrs. Eddy and Jesus when they tell us to look for happiness in divine Principle. This must be what Jesus meant by his use of the word that is translated “believe.”

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