Necessary Principles 3/5

God is infinite. Do you see that? God is infinite; and so if I claim that I can demonstrate health or wealth, haven’t I set up a selfhood apart from God? Yes. But if I say, “No, no; there is no health and there is no ill health; there is no lack and there’s no limitation; there’s no sin; there’s no disease; God is infinite Being,” now we have God on the field. Do you see that?

That, that is the whole secret of these people who have found their peace. It isn’t that they have found a weapon to use. There’s no weapon, is there? There’s no weapon to use. They have found peace because they have found God to be the only power, and then they let the fevers and the lumps and all these things disappear. But not while you’re battling them. While you’re battling them, they’re creations of your mind, and you’re perpetuating them. You’re perpetuating them and then trying to aim bullets at them but still holding them there, and there’s only one way to find your peace. If you can…it’s foolish to say, “Find God,” because you never will find God while you’ve got an opponent. You never will. Nobody is ever going to find God while they have an enemy to fight. 

You only find God through love, and if it’s necessary, you’ll have to love your enemy; and if your present enemy is disease, you’ll have to love it too, and say, “God bless you, and I hope God takes good care of you.” What harm? I could trust God, even to take care of my diseases, and I’m sure he won’t let them do any harm to me.

Well, do you see, the world has need, now that it’s beginning to open its mind to a spiritual healing, it has need of a spiritual healing principle, and all of these teachings that say, “Oh, well, if you’ve got rheumatism, it’s because you’ve got evil thoughts in your mind,” or, “If you’ve got cancer, it’s because you hate somebody.” No—and that’s what most of them are using; they’re using that kind of teaching, psychosomatic medicine. They’re always building a physical disease with a mental cause. They might just as well have a physical cause as a mental cause, as long as it’s going to be a cause. A cause will always have an effect. 

But only when you come to the place where you realize disease can’t have a cause. Why? Because of the word “One.” There is only one cause. If God is One and God is the creative principle of the universe, can there be two creative principles? Can there be opposing creative principles? No. So if there’s a devil, it really must be a part of God. It really must be a part, because God could not have within Itself something opposed to Itself. Could God have within Itself something opposed to Itself? No. 

If you had the power to eliminate anything from your consciousness that was opposed to your well-being, wouldn’t you oppose it? Wouldn’t you throw it out? If you had thoughts of lust, envy, jealousy, which you knew were destructive, wouldn’t you throw them out, if you could? Certainly. Well, if God is all-power, I’m sure God could throw out any power that would ever raise its head in opposition to It—but there is no such thing. There is no such thing as a power opposed to God. 

Now, you will come into your peace when you accept this, and you will be able to teach these other people. As they seek a principle of spiritual healing, you’ll be able to teach it to them; but you won’t if you don’t learn the lesson of One—one life, one mind, one power, one law, one being, one cause, one creative principle—and then rest. Do you see? That’s what you must learn, because otherwise you’re just going around chasing a God to get rid of your troubles, and there isn’t any. My peace give I unto thee; not as the world giveth. Do you see that? 

The world, yes. You could take an aspirin and heal a headache with it. That’s the kind of peace the world can give. Do you see that? You can take some pepsin and stop some indigestion. That’s the kind of peace the world can give. But that isn’t the kind of peace the Christ gives. The Christ reveals a being and a body of Spirit, in which there is nothing opposed to God. You won’t find this true if you examine the body under a microscope, because you’ll be judging with the eyes of the world, the mind of the world. You have to have spiritual discernment in order to behold the things of God, because the things of God are foolishness with man, and the things of man are foolishness with God. So you can’t look through your eyes or hear with your ears and try to judge of God’s kingdom. God’s kingdom is revealed to each one individually through the inner listening ear. Do you see that? 

Now, we have a couple of questions.

Q:  Will you please explain why Moses, after all the years of struggle, did not enter the Promised Land?

A:  Well, we are told, for one thing, that he tried to use his personal powers to make water come out of a rock. That was the mistake that the Master refused to make centuries later, when he was an hungered, and he was tempted to turn stones into bread, and he said, Get thee behind me Satan; I’m not here to demonstrate supply. God is my supply.

Every time that we indulge the word “I”, we keep ourselves out of heaven. That’s why the Master said, If I speak of myself, I bear witness to a lie. I can of my own self do nothing. So that, if the Master had said, “Oh, I will produce gold in the fish’s mouth; I will multiply loaves and fishes,” he would never have entered the kingdom of heaven. Had he ever taught that he could demonstrate health or wealth, he would not have gone into heaven. Why? Because there would have been a personal sense of “I”, and it cannot go into heaven.

I will, I will illustrate that to you from a little gem which comes down to us out of early forms of mysticism. It is found in Hebrew mysticism, and it is found in Persian mysticism, and the story is this: 

A very holy man died and went to the gates of heaven and knocked; and God came and said, “Who is there?” And he said, “It is I.” “Go away; heaven is all filled. There’s no room. Come back another time.” Some time later this holy man came back again and knocked.

“Who  is there?”

“It is I.”“No, heaven is still filled. There is no room. Come back another time.

But now, now this holy man really began to meditate; so when he came back the third time and knocked and God said, “Who is there?” he said, “It is Thou,” and God said, “Enter. There never was room here for Me and thee.”

God is infinite. Do you see that? God is infinite; and so if I claim that I can demonstrate health or wealth, haven’t I set up a selfhood apart from God? Yes. But if I say, “No, no; there is no health and there is no ill health; there is no lack and there’s no limitation; there’s no sin; there’s no disease; God is infinite Being,” now we have God on the field. Do you see that? There’s no “I”. There’s no “I” that can do good, and there’s no “I” that can be evil. There is only God, and when you have God as One, you can go into heaven; but if you have a selfhood apart from God and you condemn yourself because of sin…

Did you know that in your whole lifetime you’ve never sinned? Never. Never at any time. Regardless of what you may have done, you’ve never sinned. There is in all human beings a personal sense which sins, which causes us to do things which we know are not right. Paul refers to that when he says, I find in my members a law of sin. The good that I would I do not; the evil that I would not, that I do; not that I am a sinner; not that I am evil, but that I find in my members an evil presence. 

Well, have you not done the same thing? Have you not thought something that you knew was wrong and said, “But this can’t be me. I don’t think that way. What is this devil in me doing?” Well, you were very nearly right. It wasn’t you at all. It was a world thing, impinging itself upon you. Everybody hated the Germans, so we hated them too. Everybody hated the Russians, so we hated them too. Everybody’s going to hate somebody else, so we’ll hate them too. We didn’t do that. That was impinged upon us from without. We knew better all the time. We knew that you must love your neighbor as yourself. We knew that you have to love your enemies even more than your friends; and we wanted to, but this mesmerism from outside our own being, it temporarily controlled us.

Now, as you realize this you let that—what Paul called this “law of sin” in me—let it die. Don’t attach the word “I” to it, and it will die. It may have been then, that Moses set up a selfhood apart from God. I wouldn’t know; but I will tell you one thing that I do know: Moses, for the most part, was not teaching God to the Hebrews. He was teaching the law of cause and effect, what we call karma. He called it God, but it wasn’t God, because you see, in God there is no such thing as cause and effect; there is no such thing as karma; there is no such thing as, as ye sow, so shall ye reap—not in God. That is only in our karmic or Mosaic experience; and that is why Scripture later says, The law came by Moses, but grace and truth came by Christ Jesus.

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