THE NEW BIRTH
your material appendages, human opinions and doctrines,
give up your more material religion with its rites
and ceremonies, put off your materia medica and hygiene
as worse than useless - to sit at the feet of Jesus. Then,
you meekly bow before the Christ, the spiritual idea
that our great Master gave of the power of God to heal
and to save. Then it is that you behold for the first
time the divine Principle that redeems man from under
the curse of materialism, - sin, disease, and death.
This spiritual birth opens to the enraptured understanding
a much higher and holier conception of the supremacy
of Spirit, and of man as His likeness, whereby man reflects
the divine power to heal the sick.
A material or human birth is the appearing of a mortal,
not the immortal man. This birth is more or less
prolonged and painful, according to the timely or untimely
circumstances, the normal or abnormal material
conditions attending it.
With the spiritual birth, man's primitive, sinless,
spiritual existence dawns on human thought, - through
the travail of mortal mind, hope deferred, the perishing
pleasure and accumulating pains of sense, - by which
one loses himself as matter, and gains a truer sense of
Spirit and spiritual man.
The purification or baptismals that come from Spirit,
develop, step by step, the original likeness of perfect man,
and efface the mark of the beast. "Whom the Lord
loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom
He receiveth;" therefore rejoice in tribulation, and welcome
these spiritual signs of the new birth under the law
and gospel of Christ, Truth.
The prominent laws which forward birth in the divine
order of Science, are these: "Thou shalt have no other
gods before me;" "Love thy neighbor as thyself."
These commands of infinite wisdom, translated into
the new tongue, their spiritual meaning, signify: Thou
shalt love Spirit only, not its opposite, in every God-quality,
even in substance; thou shalt recognize thyself
as God's spiritual child only, and the true man
and true woman, the all-harmonious "male and female,"
as of spiritual origin, God's reflection, - thus as children
of one common Parent, - wherein and whereby
Father, Mother, and child are the divine Principle and
divine idea, even the divine "Us" - one in good, and
good in One.
With this recognition man could never separate himself
from good, God; and he would necessarily entertain
habitual love for his fellow-man. Only by admitting
evil as a reality, and entering into a state of evil
thoughts, can we in belief separate one man's interests
from those of the whole human family, or thus attempt
to separate Life from God. This is the mistake that
causes much that must be repented of and overcome.
Not to know what is blessing you, but to believe that
aught that God sends is unjust, - or that those whom
He commissions bring to you at His demand that which
is unjust, - is wrong and cruel. Envy, evil thinking,
evil speaking, covetousness, lust, hatred, malice, are
always wrong, and will break the rule of Christian
Science and prevent its demonstration; but the rod of
God, and the obedience demanded of His servants in
carrying out what He teaches them, - these are never
unmerciful, never unwise.
The task of healing the sick is far lighter than that
of so teaching the divine Principle and rules of Christian
Science as to lift the affections and motives of men
to adopt them and bring them out in human lives. He
who has named the name of Christ, who has virtually
accepted the divine claims of Truth and Love in divine
Science, is daily departing from evil; and all the wicked