references from Sunday School, July 18, 1999
YOUR ORIGINAL PERFECTION
A well known
speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In
the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?"
Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this
$20 to one of you but first, let me do this." He proceeded
to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, "Who still
wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air.
"Well," he replied. "What if I do this?" And he dropped it
on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with
his shoe. He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. "Now
who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the
"My friends, you
have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I
did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not
decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our
lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by
the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our
way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what
has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your
value in God's eyes. To Him, dirty or clean,
crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman
taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in
adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be
stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to
accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger
wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself,
and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let
him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own
conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest,
even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman
standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the
woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine
accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither
do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
did Jesus write in the ground? In those days when there was
a trial the charge against the accused was written down on a
stone tablet and displayed to those in the courtroom. We
donít know for sure but some Bible scholars believe
that he wrote her sins in the ground in the same fashion. By
so doing, Jesus could wipe away the sins in the ground as
easily as saying to the woman, ìneither do I condemn
thee: go, and sin no moreî.
It is urged that, from his original state of perfection, man
has fallen into the imperfection that requires evil through
which to develop good. Were we to admit this vague
proposition, the Science of man could never be learned; for
in order to learn Science, we begin with the correct
statement, with harmony and its Principle; and if man has
lost his Principle and its harmony, from evidences before
him he is incapable of knowing the facts of existence and
its con- comitants: therefore to him evil is as real and
eternal as good, God! This awful deception is evil's umpire
and empire, that good, God, understood, forcibly
Look at the
sentence, ìÖin order to learn Science, we begin
with the correct statementÖî You saw the value of
the five dollar bill in class (and the $20 bill in the story
above) no matter what I did to it. In the same manner we
need to see our true value, our original perfection, as
ìthe correct statementî about yourself and
others. The follow quotations reinforce this
God creates man perfect and eternal in His own image. Hence
man is the image, idea, or likeness of perfection
--an ideal which cannot fall from its inherent unity with
divine Love, from its spotless purity and original
Mortals may climb the smooth glaciers, leap the dark
fissures, scale the treacherous ice, and stand on the summit
of Mont Blanc; but they can never turn back what Deity
knoweth, nor escape from identification with what dwelleth
in the eternal Mind.
We are not ìburying our heads in the sandî and
ignoring the problem when we deny the material evidence. We
are simple declaringî the correct statementî. We
are required to look deep into our thought (see last
weekís notes) and uncover the false claims that we
have accepted as truth. If we donít examine our
thinking (daily study) then these thoughts go uninterrupted
and grow in their influence upon us and our experience. We
must interrupt and disturb that which has been allowed to
remain undisturbed and hidden in our thinking. That is what
is meant in the next reference as ìlatent
This angel had in his hand "a little book," open for all to
read and understand. Did this same book contain the
revelation of divine Science, the "right foot" or dominant
power of which was upon the sea,--upon elementary, latent
error, the source of all error's visible forms? The angel's
left foot was upon the earth; that is, a secondary power was
exercised upon visible error and audible sin.
Find the five absolutes!
II Cor 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that
ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound
to every good work: