Profanity and the asterisk

Ah, the asterisk!  That simple, starburst-like character that is used in writing to denote a qualifying limit to a term or to replace a letter or letters of a word.

And it’s the latter that I’m talking about today.

Arlington Sunset 06.26.17That euphemistic symbol (*) is thought by many to be a clever way of communicating a word without actually writing it.

“Why would that be a problem?” you might be asking.

Well, it becomes one when the word in which the asterisk is employed is a vulgarity or a profanity. Somehow the writer or the promoter of it has deluded themselves into thinking that they are either being polite by not writing the fully offensive word, or that by utilizing the asterisk(s), they are absolved of any wrongdoing in expressing it, since they didn’t “really” utter the whole word—as if the reader didn’t know and mentally hear what was intended.

You still may be thinking: “So? What’s the big deal?”

The big deal is when not only the public is doing this, but when Christian Scientists are regularly involved with it on social media such as Facebook—either originating the foul content themselves or by sharing another’s posting.

“And just why is that such a problem?” you may still be wondering.

Because as Christian Scientists we’re supposed to be keeping ourselves above the world’s way of doing things, that’s why!  We’re supposed to be healers who heal the sick and reform the sinner. And delving into the depths of—and let’s not beat about the bush here—gutter and grossly sensual language does not and cannot promote healing. It is the antithesis of a Christly mentality!

Now, some may be protesting, “But everyone uses these expressions!  It’s just modern parlance.  And in order to seem normal and interact properly—and maybe even reach these folks—I need to speak in their terms—on their level!”

As my grandmother use to say, “Rubbish!”

Such a rationalization is the carnal mind’s ploy to get us to join in with this moral offense.  And its underlying serpentine claim is that the real God-like communication cannot reach others—cannot penetrate through the mesmerism that has taken over these individuals’ experiences.  It would assert that Jesus’ declaration that “they shall be all taught of God” in the Gospel of John is not true.

Claims and assertions that are utterly false and without any foundation whatsoever!

And here’s the thing: those Christian Scientists that have adopted these erroneous methods—or who are actually voicing the complete profanity, or using acronyms as substitutes (as if that made a difference!)—are totally unaware that they are being wrongfully influenced by the carnal mind’s urging to accept this form of evil.  And make no mistake, that’s what it is!

And it’s one that is being promoted heavily by psychology and psychiatry (both of which are forms of materia medica) as a means of relieving stress through venting such unseemly utterances.

A claim that simply doesn’t hold water!

I mean, really, could embracing one form of dissolute error possibly alleviate another? Could that in any way be considered Christianly scientific?

Does Mary Baker Eddy have anything to say on this subject?

Oh, yes!

Floating with the popular current of mortal thought without questioning the reliability of its conclusions, we do what others do, believe what others believe, and say what others say. (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 228)

So before you’re tempted to indulge in this form of sin, consider which path you should be taking—the strait gate that leads to salvation or the wide one that careens to destruction of which Jesus stated “…many there be which go in thereat”! (Matthew 7:13)

New JSH-Online Christian Science Sentinel Watch Podcast

The JSH-Online audio podcast “How can we make God-inspired decisions?” has just been posted at the Sentinel Watch section of the Christian Science Sentinel. Rita Polatin interviewed me and I also answered a variety of questions sent in by listeners on this very important and timely topic.Iris in Carlilse 06.02.17

You can hear it at: https://sentinel.christianscience.com/sentinel-audio/sentinel-watch/how-can-we-make-god-inspired-decisions?s=sc

Enjoy!

Kicking the mourners out

“What mourners?” you may be asking and “Why would we do that?”

Well, first let me give some background here.  I’m referencing the account in the Gospel of Mark (5:36-42) in which Jesus arrives at the home of Jairus whose daughter has recently died.  Jesus has already assured the parents that they need not fear.

When he comes to the house, however, he is met with the tumult of those that are weeping and mourning.  The Master asks them why they are making such a scene and tells them that the girl is not dead but is instead asleep.

Sunrise, Waldoboro, ME 11.10.17And what’s their response?

they laughed him to scorn.

Does this mortal mind ridicule of Jesus deter him from healing the girl—from raising her from the dead?  Absolutely not!  He puts all of those mourners, all of those naysayers, out!

The Bible continues:

And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked;

Clearly, a profound and far-reaching account of the ever-present healing power of our God as demonstrated by our Master!

Now, this raises a question for each of us:

Are we willing to cast the mental mourners out?

To be clear here, I’m not only speaking of the belief of grief which vigorously must be resisted instead of indulged, since it is the fictitious claim that Life is not eternal, that God is not omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, and omni-active, and that we are not His immortal reflections.

No, I’m also talking about those other “mournings”—those other mockings—of the carnal mind that would also insist that we can’t be healed of whatever sense of limitation error has imposed on us or that we have agreed to, accepted, and are acting from.

Thoughts that would taunt us into believing the lie that we are victims!  Or mesmerizing us into accepting the delusion that we could be ill!  Or impoverished!  Or frail, or hopeless sinners!

Mental jeers that would seek to intimidate us into bowing down to the false gods of the illusion of life and intelligence in matter.

Odious accusations that shout we cannot be healed except by material means!

What’s the inevitable bottom line here then?

Are we going to accept those lies that are blasphemies against the Holy Ghost—against the Comforter?  Against Christian Science!

Or are we going to use our God-given divine authority and power to overthrow those falsehoods?

In her book Miscellaneous Writings, Mary Baker Eddy wrote:

Christian Science is the unfolding of true metaphysics; that is, of Mind, or God, and His attributes. Science rests on Principle and demonstration. The Principle of Christian Science is divine. Its rule is, that man shall utilize the divine power. (p. 69)

So, we’re left with two logical and imperative questions:

1) Are we going to be obedient to that rule and utilize the divine power?

And:

2) How many mourners are we going to kick out today?

Well—what are you waiting for?

New JSH-Online Christian Science Journal Podcast

cranberry-bog-in-carlisle-ma-01-29-17The JSH-Online audio podcast “The healing distinction between spiritual and material sense” has just been posted at the Record of Truth section of The Christian Science Journal. In a two-part interview format, Rita Polatin interviewed me and then Elise Moore, C.S.B., about how understanding our spiritual sense is the key to handling whatever problems we appear to be experiencing in our lives—an understanding that comes by using the truths of Christian Science.

You can hear it at: https://journal.christianscience.com/journal-audio/record-of-truth/the-healing-distinction-between-spiritual-and-material-sense?s=sa

Enjoy!

Arsenic anyone?

“Oh my,” you may be thinking, “what could that title be referring to?!”

Let me answer your question with a question.

Would you knowingly put several drops of arsenic in a glass of water, drink it, and then be bewildered as to why there was an adverse reaction?

Of course not!

cattails-in-carlisle-ma-02-29-17Yet some seem to have no problem in taking the mental poison of erroneous thought systems into their thought and actually thinking that it will not, or does not, pose an impediment to their demonstrations of Christian Science.

They unwittingly or knowingly consume false doctrines or dogmas ranging from material medical methodologies and so-called “health laws,” to a variety of eastern and western religious doctrines, philosophies, and practices, and even to atheist websites that agree with their agitated political positions.

“Why would they do these things?” you may well ask.

Because they aren’t realizing that they are being mesmerized into doing so by those very thought-systems—systems that are expressions of the carnal mind.

Expressions whose sole goal is to overturn the Science of God!

Remember, the Apostle Paul stated in his Epistle to the Romans (8:7) that:

the carnal mind is enmity against God:

Is enmity against God!

Is that a position to be joining in with?

Moses warned the Israelites:

When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. (Deuteronomy 18:9)

And Mary Baker Eddy rightly declared:

Whatever teaches man to have other laws and to acknowledge other powers than the divine Mind, is anti-Christian. (Science and Health, p. 169)

Warning her followers further, she admonished us to realize that:

A slight divergence is fatal in Science. (Rudimental Divine Science, p. 17)

Do we believe her statements or not? I do!

As Christian Scientists—as those anointed and appointed by God to be healers—can we possibly be made to forget that these other systems are based wholly or in part on the testimony of the material senses—a testimony that is entirely corrupt?  A testimony that is without one iota of truth!

A testimony that is poisonous to the demonstration of Christian Science!

So before you take a drop here and a drop there from other systems, ask yourself: “Is it really worth it?”

Editing out error’s edits!

Sometime in the mid-1990’s The Christian Science Monitor hosted an exhibition dealing, in part, with the impact of the then new digital photography on ethics in journalism.  I particularly recall looking at three photographs, two of which were edited versions of the same original.  All three were of the Communist leadership watching a May Day Parade in Moscow’s Red Square. In the first of the two edited versions, one of the individuals had been digitally removed from the photograph, and in the second a can of Coke had been inserted into someone’s hand.

dock-in-waldoboro-me-11-06-16I was immediately struck by the technology that enabled this to take place, but of greater import, by the implication for the rewriting of history.  Individuals could be removed as if they had never existed or been part of an event, or added—all to further a particular political or philosophical position.

In other words, unethical journalism could manipulate the history of human events to its own false narrative—a history that wasn’t true.

And, needless, to say this was very concerning!

However, beyond the obvious connection to the history of humanity, there’s a deeper metaphysical implication here—an implication that we need to take seriously.

“What might that be?” you may be asking.

Simply put, it’s error’s constant attempt to edit falsities into our narrative—a narrative that is God’s story of us as His image and likeness.

Edits proclaiming us as flawed mortals filled with limitations, misdeeds, poor past choices, and wrongful acts.  “Histories” asserting proclivities towards diseases, heredity, or poverty.  Scenarios boasting beliefs of ingrained negative personality traits.  Outlines declaring victimization and oppression.

The list could go on and on with all the etcetera of evil—of the carnal mind!

And all of which seem to be a never-ending vortex inexorably sweeping us down into its yawning chasm.

But none of it—not one iota of it—is true!

And therein lies our means to freedom.

In her book Retrospection and Introspection, Mary Baker Eddy wrote:

The human history needs to be revised, and the material record expunged. (p. 22)

“Well,” you might be thinking, “I can see the importance of that, but how does it get accomplished?”

By humbly turning to God to learn whatever spiritual lessons need to be understood about the errors you’ve accepted about yourself and about God—and by applying those lessons to your experience—you are in fact expunging the material record—that’s how!

And since that record is expunged, the human history is necessarily revised!

That’s right!  No shadows of things that never took place and that were never truly part of you remain to haunt or linger.  No false echoes.  None!

On page 470 of Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy stated:

The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.

“Unchanged in its eternal history” means, “unchanged in its eternal history”!  No wiggle room there!

So get out your spiritual red editorial pens.  Edit out the lies and replace them with the truth of your ever-perfect healthy, harmonious, and holy relationship to God in whom you have always lived, and moved, and had your being!

There simply is no other narrative!