Chapter 4 – Addresses – Communion Address, January, 1896 | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Chapter 4 – Addresses – Communion Address, January, 1896

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27    Friends and Brethren: — The Biblical record of the

         great Nazarene, whose character we to-day commemorate,

         is scanty; but what is given, puts to flight every doubt as

30    to the immortality of his words and works. Though


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1     written in a decaying language, his words can never pass

         away: they are inscribed upon the hearts of men: they

3     are engraved upon eternity’s tablets.

         Undoubtedly our Master partook of the Jews’ feast

         of the Passover, and drank from their festal wine-cup.

6     This, however, is not the cup to which I call your at-

         tention, — even the cup of martyrdom: wherein Spirit

         and matter, good and evil, seem to grapple, and the

9`    human struggles against the divine, up to a point of

         discovery; namely, the impotence of evil, and the om-

         nipotence of good, as divinely attested. Anciently, the

12    blood of martyrs was believed to be the seed of the Church.

         Stalled theocracy would make this fatal doctrine just

         and sovereign, even a divine decree, a law of Love! That

15    the innocent shall suffer for the guilty, is inhuman. The

         prophet declared, “Thou shalt put away the guilt of

         innocent blood from Israel.” This is plain: that what-

18    ever belittles, befogs, or belies the nature and essence of

         Deity, is not divine. Who, then, shall father or favor

         this sentence passed upon innocence? thereby giving the

21    signet of God to the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of His

         beloved Son, the righteous Nazarene, — christened by

         John the Baptist, “the Lamb of God.”

24    Oh! shameless insult to divine royalty, that drew

         from the great Master this answer to the questions of the

         rabbinical rabble: “If I tell you, ye will not believe; and

27    if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go.”

         Infinitely greater than human pity, is divine Love, —

         that cannot be unmerciful. Human tribunals, if just,

30    borrow their sense of justice from the divine Principle

         thereof, which punishes the guilty, not the innocent. The

         Teacher of both law and gospel construed the substitution


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1     of a good man to suffer for evil-doers — a crime! When

         foretelling his own crucifixion, he said, “Woe unto the

3     world because of offenses! for it must needs be that

         offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense

         cometh!”

6     Would Jesus thus have spoken of what was indis-

         pensable for the salvation of a world of sinners, or of the

         individual instrument in this holy (?) alliance for accom-

9     plishing such a monstrous work? or have said of him

         whom God foreordained and predestined to fulfil a divine

         decree, “It were better for him that a millstone were

12    hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the

         depth of the sea”?

         The divine order is the acme of mercy: it is neither

15    questionable nor assailable: it is not evil producing good,

         nor good ultimating in evil. Such an inference were

         impious. Holy Writ denounces him that declares, “Let

18    us do evil, that good may come! whose damnation is

         just.”

         Good is not educed from its opposite: and Love divine

21    spurned, lessens not the hater’s hatred nor the criminal’s

         crime; nor reconciles justice to injustice; nor substitutes

         the suffering of the Godlike for the suffering due to sin.

24    Neither spiritual bankruptcy nor a religious chancery can

         win high heaven, or the “Well done, good and faithful

         servant, . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

27    Divine Love knows no hate; for hate, or the hater, is

         nothing: God never made it, and He made all that was

         made. The hater’s pleasures are unreal; his sufferings,

30    self-imposed; his existence is a parody, and he ends —

         with suicide.

         The murder of the just Nazarite was incited by the


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1     same spirit that in our time massacres our missionaries,

         butchers the helpless Armenians, slaughters innocents.

3     Evil was, and is, the illusion of breaking the First Com-

         mandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me:”

         it is either idolizing something and somebody, or hating

6     them: it is the spirit of idolatry, envy, jealousy, covet-

         ousness, superstition, lust, hypocrisy, witchcraft.

         That man can break the forever-law of infinite Love,

9     was, and is, the serpent’s biggest lie! and ultimates in

         a religion of pagan priests bloated with crime; a religion

         that demands human victims to be sacrificed to human

12    passions and human gods, or tortured to appease the

         anger of a so-called god or a miscalled man or woman !

         The Assyrian Merodach, or the god of sin, was the “lucky

15    god;” and the Babylonian Yawa, or Jehovah, was the

         Jewish tribal deity. The Christian’s God is neither, and

         is too pure to behold iniquity.

18    Divine Science has rolled away the stone from the sepul-

         chre of our Lord; and there has risen to the awakened

         thought the majestic atonement of divine Love. The

21    at one ment with Christ has appeared — not through

         vicarious suffering, whereby the just obtain a pardon for

         the unjust, — but through the eternal law of justice;

24    wherein sinners suffer for their own sins, repent, forsake

         sin, love God, and keep His commandments, thence to

         receive the reward of righteousness: salvation from sin,

27    not through the death of a man, but through a divine Life,

         which is our Redeemer.

         Holy Writ declares that God is Love, is Spirit; hence

30    it follows that those who worship Him, must worship

         Him spiritually, — far apart from physical sensation

         such as attends eating and drinking corporeally. It is


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1     plain that aught unspiritual, intervening between God

         and man, would tend to disturb the divine order, and

3     countermand the Scripture that those who worship the

         Father must worship Him in spirit. It is also plain,

         that we should not seek and cannot find God in mat-

6     ter, or through material methods; neither do we love

         and obey Him by means of matter, or the flesh, — which

         warreth against Spirit, and will not be reconciled

9     thereto.

         We turn, with sickened sense, from a pagan Jew’s

         or Moslem’s misconception of Deity, for peace; and find

12    rest in the spiritual ideal, or Christ. For “who is so

         great a God as our God!” unchangeable, all-wise, all-

         just, all-merciful; the ever-loving, ever-living Life, Truth,

15    Love: comforting such as mourn, opening the prison

         doors to the captive, marking the unwinged bird, pitying

         with more than a father’s pity; healing the sick, cleansing

18    the leper, raising the dead, saving sinners. As we think

         thereon, man’s true sense is filled with peace, and power;

         and we say, It is well that Christian Science has taken

21    expressive silence wherein to muse His praise, to kiss the

         feet of Jesus, adore the white Christ, and stretch out our

         arms to God.

24    The last act of the tragedy on Calvary rent the veil

         of matter, and unveiled Love’s great legacy to mortals:

         Love forgiving its enemies. This grand act crowned

27    and still crowns Christianity: it manumits mortals; it

         translates love; it gives to suffering, inspiration; to

         patience, experience; to experience, hope; to hope, faith;

30    to faith, understanding; and to understanding, Love tri-

         umphant!

         In proportion to a man’s spiritual progress, he will


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1     indeed drink of our Master’s cup, and be baptized with

         his baptism ! be purified as by fire, — the fires of suffering;

3     then hath he part in Love’s atonement, for “whom the

         Lord loveth He chasteneth.” Then shall he also reign

         with him: he shall rise to know that there is no sin,

6     that there is no suffering; since all that is real is right.

         This knowledge enables him to overcome the world, the

         flesh, and all evil, to have dominion over his own sinful

9     sense and self. Then shall he drink anew Christ’s cup,

         in the kingdom of God — the reign of righteousness —

         within him; he shall sit down at the Father’s right hand:

12    sit down; not stand waiting and weary; but rest on the

         bosom of God; rest, in the understanding of divine Love

         that passeth all understanding; rest, in that which “to

15    know aright is Life eternal,” and whom, not having seen,

         we love.

         Then shall he press on to Life’s long lesson, the eternal

18    lore of Love; and learn forever the infinite meanings of

         these short sentences: “God is Love;” and, All that is

         real is divine, for God is All-in-all.




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