Hello!  The Dig Deeper Team has compiled the following articles and poem
to complement your study of this week’s Bible Lesson, which asks the
question, “Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?”

The first article we selected takes its title from Psalms 24:1 “’The
earth is the Lord’s,’” which also appears in this week’s Golden Text.

The author, Mabel Cone Bushnell writes, “’The earth is the Lord’s, and
the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.’  So sang
the Psalmist of old, and the echo of his rejoicing comes down through
the centuries to uphold all who walk through the wilderness of mortal
sense testimony.”  She continues, “Spiritual sense alone knows of the
earth that is the Lord’s—safe, serene, and held in the consciousness of
good forever secure. And oh, the joy of this knowledge! In ‘Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures’ (p. 585) our Leader writes, ‘To
material sense, earth is matter; to spiritual sense, it is a compound
idea.’ Could this compound idea exist anywhere but in Mind? And there,
regardless of the attempt of the physical senses to say otherwise, man
is safe, protected from the claims of material reasoning.”  She states,
“Humbly let us acknowledge the debt we owe to those who have recorded
the unfolding revelations of God for our guidance in the written word of
the Scriptures. Prophets and disciples iterated and reiterated the
goodness of the Lord, and Jesus, the great Teacher, gave the most
marvelous example of God’s goodness the world has ever known. In our day
Mrs. Eddy has shown us that this wonderful protecting power is ours at
all times and under all circumstances; that whatever the apparent
evidence of the senses, no error of any kind can overthrow or set aside
this supremacy of Mind. … In ‘Miscellaneous Writings’ it is written (p.
331): ‘Midst the falling leaves of old-time faiths, above the frozen
crust of creed and dogma, the divine Mind-force, filling all space and
having all power, upheaves the earth;’ and, ‘This supreme potential
Principle reigns in the realm of the real, and is ‘God with us,’ ‘the I
am.’ The earth of material sense is disappearing from thought, and the
marvel of the spiritually mental universe is coming to be understood by
mankind. And oh, the comfort, safety, and gratitude that accompany this
light of serene understanding! In the face of this illumination one may
lift up his voice in rejoicing and sing, in the words of a hymn:

‘O he who trusts in God’s protection
And hopes in Him when fears alarm,
Is sheltered by His loving-kindness,
Delivered by His mighty arm;
If ye God’s law can understand,
Ye have not builded on the sand.’”

From the November 18, 1933 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
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Our second selection is “The World and Truth” by Frederick Dixon

He writes, “When Pilate, in the hall of judgment, gave utterance to his
hopeless and helpless question, ‘What is truth?’ the Greek text of the
New Testament makes it clear that he was not alluding to absolute Truth,
but to the mere human sense of what stood relatively for the truth in
the world about him. …  ‘What is truth?’ he asked, meaning, What do we
actually know about anything in this world of relative values? It is
just this Pilatian unwillingness to face facts which gets the man in the
street into so many of his difficulties. He is forever satisfied with
measuring Truth by some relative standard, but get him to accept the
absolute Truth you cannot. … In the degree in which mankind does make it
so, it substitutes ideas for material phenomena, and then all sorts of
things begin to happen. It begins, for instance, to be comprehensible
how divine Mind controls the universe, so that it may truly be said that
it bringeth forth Mazzaroth in his season, and guideth Arcturus and his
sons; in other words, that the power of Principle is dominant in the
counterfeit material universe, as in the spiritual and real one.”

The author continues, “Jesus said, ‘Ye shall know the truth, and the
truth shall make you free.’  But an ounce of Truth is more powerful than
a ton of fiction. This is what Wendell Phillips meant when he said, ‘One
on God’s side is a majority.’ Truth dominates the lie at every point.
Thus the knowledge that harmony is the law of Principle overwhelms the
belief in the alternating powers of good and evil, and brings out health
in the daily life of human beings as well as the rhythm of the universe.
… It was the knowledge of this, of course, which was the dynamic force
behind Christ Jesus’ words when he said, ‘Heaven and earth shall pass
away, but my words shall not pass away.’ And in this lies the power of
Principle, even in a world of conflicting material phenomena or ideas,
to overturn, overturn, and overturn, until he whose right it is shall
come.”

From the December 31, 1921 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
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The last article, “A Clean Sweep” by Louis Dean Sears, Jr., begins,

“One of the suggestions sometimes accepted today by seekers after the truth
is that they should be satisfied with partial victory and half-truths.
Sometimes we hear it said of incomplete accomplishment, ‘It’s better
than nothing.’ To accept partial victory in our daily demonstrations of
Christian Science is to be like an untidy housewife who is satisfied to
sweep dirt under a rug. As loyal followers of the truth we cannot be
content to work diligently for a period, and then, just short of a
complete victory— a clean sweep—pause and push the subtle suggestions of
error into the unseen places of mortal thought.”

The author continues, “In ‘Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures’ Mary Baker Eddy has said of such suggestions (p. 102), ‘So
secret are the present methods of animal magnetism that they ensnare the
age into indolence, and produce the very apathy on the subject which the
criminal desires.’ Any suggestion that tempts us to accept anything
short of the perfection of the infinite God emanates from the
‘criminal.’ … Jesus’ disciples were apparently accepting the suggestion
of apathy when the Master found them in the garden of Gethsemane and
asked, ‘Could ye not watch with me one hour?’ Jesus then counseled
(Matt. 26:40, 41), ‘Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation:
the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ It is easy to
declare our desire for spiritual perfection, but quite another task to
work diligently for its appearing, and to watch the last hour, when the
temptation may be great to rest upon our labors and be content with a
partial demonstration. … When Jesus healed the impotent man, he did not
say, Rise up and hobble; but rather (John 5:8), ‘Rise, …and walk.’ The
man’s healing was complete, an evidence in human affairs of the
perfection of God. Let us not be satisfied with anything short of
complete harmony in our lives, in our dealings with our neighbors, and
in the dealings of our nation with other nations.”

The article concludes, “It is the task of each of us to bring into our
lives a full expression of harmony. There is an infinitude of good for
each of us and for the society of nations. Christian Scientists have the
opportunity of being ‘the light of the world’ that was spoken of by
Jesus, through showing forth the abundance of Love, the harmony of
Principle, and the omnipotence of Truth.  Spiritual understanding is the
most powerful weapon that can ever be brought to bear upon the forces of
evil. The understanding of the omnipotence and omnipresence of God
removes all doubt of complete victory of good in individual and
collective problems. Certainly the God who can ‘bring forth Mazzaroth in
his season,’ and who guides ‘Arcturus with his sons’ (Job 38:32) can
guide and is guiding mankind out of the labyrinth of hatred, fear, and
destruction. Our task is to follow faithfully the divine guidance,
steadfast in our resolve to prove the perfection of God in our daily
life.”

From the January 5, 1946 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
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Finally, the poem this week is “Prayer of a nature lover” by Mary
Elizabeth G. Baker.

Prayer of a Nature Lover

Like the Psalmist,
who sang, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof,”
let me see all environed in blessings,
walking in a living land, no ugliness or death—
only the beauty of the living God, made plain at every step.
And let me accompany with undaunted song
the declaring heavens,
the rejoicing hills.

From the September 1981 issue of The Christian Science Journal
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