Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 8/18/13
Today’s sermon comes from The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts.
Today’s Subject: Soul
Today’s Scripture selections from are:
Leviticus 26: 1,11,12
1 Chronicles 16:8-10, 12,14,23,27,29
Acts 9:1-12, 17-20
Psalms 3:2-4, 8
1 Corinthians 6:20
1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24
2 Timothy 3, 22, 24, 25
Isaiah 61:10, 11
Acts 9: 36-42
Isaiah 32: 17, 18
Psalms 97:1, 2
Highlights from Today’s Sermon:
God’s Kingdom is everlasting and extends to all generations.
Soul or Spirit signifies deity and nothing else. Everything in God’s universe represents Him.
The birds correspond to aspirations soaring above and beyond corporeality.
All of God’s creatures are harmless, useful and indestructible. All things God created are fashioned after Him. The grass beneath our feet represent that the meek shall inherit the Earth.
Soul has infinite resources to bless mankind. Happiness would be more readily attained if sought in soul. We can’t circumscribe happiness within the limits of personal sense—it must be spiritual.
Don’t seek material means to gain happiness. There is grandeur and bliss in spiritual sense and nothingness in material/personal sense.
Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true.
Man is the reflection of soul.
Human will is a animal propensity and not a faculty of soul, so it can’t govern man aright. Truth and love are the motive powers of man.
All power belongs to God who is Good.
Blindness and self-righteousness cling fast to iniquity.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Paul was not at first a disciple of Jesus but a persecutor of Jesus’ followers. When the Truth first appeared to him, Paul was made blind and his blindness was felt. But spiritual light soon enabled him to follow the example and teachings of Jesus–healing the sick and preaching Christianity throughout Asia Minor and even in Imperial Rome.
The pains of sense are salutary if they wrench away false pleasurable beliefs and transplant the affections from sense to Soul, where the creations of God are good, rejoicing the heart.
It is evident that the body as matter has no sensation of its own, and it’s no oblivion for Soul and its faculties. Spirit senses are without pain and forever at peace. Nothing can hide from them the harmony of all things, and the might and permanence of all Truth. If Spirit/Soul could sin or be lost then being and immortality would be lost, together with all of the faculties of Mind. But Being can’t be lost while God exists.
You cannot deny that life is self-sustained and deny the everlasting harmony of Soul, simply because to the mortal senses there is seeming discord. It’s our ignorance of God that produces apparent discord. The right understanding of Him restores harmony. Truth will compel us all to exchange the pleasures and pains of sense for the joys of Soul.
Sensuality palsies the right hand and causes the left to let go of its grasp on the divine. Sensualism brings about bad moral and spiritual conditions. Selfishness and sensualism are tied to mortal mind—the thoughts ever occurring to one’s self to the thoughts recurring to one’s self. The conversation about the body and the perpetual pain or pleasure from it, and its education is at the expense of spiritual growth.
If we look to the body for pleasure, we find pain. For life, we find death. Truth we find error. For Spirit we find its opposite, matter. Now reverse this action, away from the body, to Truth and love, the principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality.
There is moral freedom in Soul—always harmonious and health-giving.
Nothing is beyond God’s control—neither organic reaction or inorganic counter-reaction. Man will be found normal and natural to change mortal thought and more harmonious in his manifestation than he was in the prior states that human belief created and sanctioned.
As human thought changes from one stage to another of conscious pain and painlessness, sorrow and joy, from fear to hope—the visible manifestation will at last be governed by Soul not by material sense, reflecting God’s government.
In proportion to his purity is man perfect.
The divine science of man is woven into one web of consistency.
It’s impossible for Soul to be in a finite body or for man to have an intelligence separate from his maker. Life is never for a moment extinct, so never structural or organic, and never absorbed or limited by its own formations.
God IS the Soul of man and all existence.
One cannot suffer due to a labor of love, but grows stronger because of it.
Soul is immortal. God is the lawmaker.
In infinite life and love there is no sin, sickness, disease or death.
Immortality exempt from age or decay has a glory of its own, the radiance of Soul.
With righteousness, spiritual living, comes peace.
Glory be to God and peace to the struggling hearts. Soul/Spirit is God, unchangeable and eternal and man coexists with and reflects Soul, God, for man is God’s image.
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