Chemicalization and Tribulation
Written in December 1967 by Paul R. Smillie
“When the final physical and moral effects of Christian Science are fully apprehended, the conflict between truth and error, understanding and belief, Science and material sense, foreshadowed by the prophets and inaugurated by Jesus, will cease, and spiritual harmony reign.” (S&H p. 288:10)
Mary Baker Eddy says, “Christian Science and the senses are at war. It is a revolutionary struggle. We already have had two in this nation; and they began and ended in a contest for the true idea, for human liberty and rights. Now cometh a third struggle; for the freedom of health, holiness, and the attainment of heaven.” (Mis. p. 101:8) Mrs. Eddy is implying that the third struggle will also take place in America. Do not underestimate the importance of our Nation.
What appears to mortal sense as tribulation in any form is error’s attempt to thwart man’s demonstration Godward. This tribulation comes from man’s attempt to demonstrate perfection and oneness with God. This is the chemicalizing process which eventually brings forth the ultimate perfection when deep-rooted errors are eradicated from thought. Sinful, pleasurable sense will not give up its throne without a struggle. Mortal sins are manifested in many complex ways and we must detect their patterns of movement and influence and root them out. False government, false religion, false science, false economics and sin manifested in many other wicked forms are being destroyed in this age. This evil is but good appearing. The more evil becomes apparent to sense, the more powerful and wonderful the good that is coming to the surface. As Truth is bringing evil to the surface of mortal mind to be seen, mortal sense is being afflicted and pressed to give up its false claims. This occasions what the mortal senses call suffering, but we know that it is only mortal sense and, therefore, is nothing pretending to be something. This is a hint for us to get out of the mortal sense of things and gently move into Spirit. This chemicalization process is individual and subjective. It is our demonstration of oneness. It is a time to rejoice, not to lament. The errors that are being presented to mortal mind’s view, and only to mortal mind’s view, are not known to God. God knows nothing of affliction and tribulation.
The chemicalizing process is a very interesting study in Science. If we carefully watch mortal mind we can see how it is attempting to circumvent the final acceptance of Science. In the search for Truth, many have come to the point of recognizing no Truth. Others are intent upon satiating their sensual mentality. All of this has its basis in a lack of Principle which underlies our experience. Without Principle there is a lack of self-control, or self-government. Therefore, there is no restraint and mortal man rebels against everything. But what is really going on? It is nothing more nor less than malicious animal magnetism using mortal man in the attempt to stop the advancing Christ idea. The unlimited growth of government signals a lack of restraint, self-control, and self-government. A crime rate rising six times the rate of the population growth is a lack of self-restraint, self-control, and self-government. Anyone watching the latest dance crazes can detect a lack of self-control, unbridled emotions and a lack of self-restraint. And do not the music field, the clothes and art fields reflect this same error, and in growing form? And what of the movies and magazines? The idea in all of these is to follow the crowd and disdain individuality. The idea is for you not to think for yourself. These attacks upon society are attacks on our nation and religion. It is the designing influence of animal magnetism attempting to pattern a web of inconsistency, sensuality, and lethargy. Now the truth about these things is that Truth is appearing and animal magnetism is attempting to counterfeit the true sense that is coming to the light.
Is not a mannish woman and an effeminate man a direct reversal of Christ Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy’s demonstrations of true manhood and true womanhood? Handle these errors. Mortal man is being handled in every way possible in the attempt to circumvent Truth. Every new “kick” is being explored. Christian Scientists must show the Way and stop the criminal element from manipulating mankind. When mankind – and America in particular – begins to awaken, there will be violence to handle and we must understand its workings in order to handle it.
Mrs. Eddy says, “What I term chemicalization is the upheaval produced when immortal Truth is destroying erroneous mortal belief. Mental chemicalization brings sin and sickness to the surface, forcing impurities to pass away, as is the case with a fermenting fluid.” (S&H p. 401:16) This is our work then, to recognize the sins and sicknesses being brought to the surface of mortal consciousness so that they can be destroyed by Truth. To claim peace in your ivory tower while the world is in the process of fusion is extremely dangerous. The world is awaiting the second death that will have no power. Are you seeing ultimate destruction or ultimate perfection?
The latent tendencies of mortal mind are appearing in the errors of this age; therefore, we must be alert to see mortal mind at work and, thereby, thwart its attempts to manifest itself in the events of this age. It is only animal magnetism seeking an object or event to work through. All of the wickedness, immorality, licentiousness and power-grabbing in the world today is mortal mind’s one last surfacing, attempting to gain power and attraction for itself. It is struggling to be something that it can never attain.
“Mortal error will vanish in a moral chemicalization. This mental fermentation has begun, and will continue until all errors of belief yield to understanding,” says Mrs. Eddy. (S&H p. 96:21) This is the truth and cannot be reversed. Christian Science brings stability and the flux and flow of hatred is destroyed by stable Principle.
This tremendous chemicalization has begun with the leaven of “The Woman,” Mary Baker Eddy, and will continue until Christian Scientists demonstrate individual and universal perfection and it is found that Principle is the basis for all spheres of activity. There is racial conflict and violence because the true concept of race is being shown to mankind. We must handle the resistance to God’s race. As Christian Scientists we know that the reversal of the highest state of consciousness moves error to a change of base. Therefore, it is our responsibility to destroy the errors coming to the surface of mortal mind. We must handle the suggestions of animal magnetism before they can be accepted and acted upon by the thinking of mankind.
The opposing force of God’s government is oppressive and overbearing totalitarianism with its various degrees of centralization. The chemicalization process of Truth is destroying the false concept of government and the false sense of man that this government thrives upon. False government cannot thwart the heavenly aspirations of man by and through its cruel mercies. Those aware of false government’s attempt to subject mankind, are mentally destroying it for what it is – the destruction of man’s oneness with God, that claims there is a power apart from God able to clothe and feed man. It is animal magnetism working through mortal channels, namely, Communism, Socialism, Romanism, and Zionism, in an attempt to accomplish its purposes for the destruction of good. The tribulation brought by malicious animal magnetism in this sphere is manifested in innumerable errors. It is bringing a gradual loss of all freedoms because it imposes the restrictions of greed, mad ambition, subjugation, hatred and lethargy on mankind. Error will always find channels to work through unless we purify these channels and destroy animal magnetism’s influence.
The labor field is also being touched by chemicalization. The inflationary spiral precipitated by wages demanded by unions is an attempt of error to destroy the finest system of economics, that of capitalism. “A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work.” It is fear of honest competition that denies incentive and promotes neglect. It is a protection for sloth and is another attack upon our nation.
The chemicalization process is affecting big business which has united to form monopolies to stop honest competition. It is fear of competition and love of money that motivates men. Supply and demand have become twisted. When businessmen must resort to underhanded methods to survive, our nation is in trouble; business then becomes the tool of error. It becomes a most pernicious error because it strikes at the heart of our nation’s substance. It destroys commerce, industry, money exchange and money’s value. When the law of supply and demand is destroyed, the nation’s economy is ruined and a nation is left defenseless. Price fixing instead of competition is a sure sign of weakness in our national structure. The Golden Rule must permeate business.
Medicine attempts to originate all facets of birth, growth, maturity, decay and death. The belief of medical science must be changed to include the more spiritual sense of creation. The medical field will change more rapidly when more spiritual healing is accomplished.
False business, religion, and overbearing government try to reverse and counterfeit the infinite, all-controlling, omnipotent Mind.
Religion is feeling the effect of chemicalization and is attempting to cut corners and do everything in its power to avoid the Master’s injunction to heal and cleanse humanity through spiritual means, not material means. Theologians attempt to support their personal hypotheses through a denial of Christian healing. Humility is greatly needed. Theological pride will not yield to Truth. A worldwide ecumenical council will not make their theological views valid nor protect them from honest investigation. Much is coming to the surface in theological circles that must be handled. Theology and medicine hold out till the end, but material science chemicalizes more rapidly.
These are just a few of the errors confronting this age. Chemicalization is bringing forth tribulation in every field of human endeavor, and much more can be expected as these errors are uncovered to the general public. Christian Science is rooting out the wrong in human nature and bringing forth the good which is of God. The resistance is the tribulation. We must break down that pride and stubborn resistance if we would destroy the belief of tribulation.
Mrs. Eddy’s prophecy for this century is most amazing in the light of what we are witnessing today. She says, “To my sense, the most imminent dangers confronting the coming century are: the robbing of people of life and liberty under the warrant of the Scriptures; the claims of politics and of human power, industrial slavery, and insufficient freedom of honest competition; and ritual, creed, and trusts in place of the Golden Rule, ‘Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.’” (My p.266:3) Even with this very pointed statement of Mrs. Eddy’s there are so-called Christian Scientists who will not endeavor to understand the problems that confront this age. They turn their backs upon the mortal picture without healing it. They say, “Peace, peace when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah)
The third struggle Mrs. Eddy spoke of is certainly becoming more evident to the senses with each passing day, but is it becoming more apparent through sense or through Soul? The number three signifies completeness; therefore, this is the final conflict. The first two struggles were preparing the way for the last. We can certainly see how all aspects of our being are affected by this leavening process of Truth. “Stars shine brightest in the darkest night. Grapes come not to the proof till they come to the press. Such is the condition of all God’s children; they are most triumphant when most tested, most glorious when most afflicted.” (Bogatsky)
We must endeavor to demonstrate the kingdom of heaven,– to bring His kingdom to earth. This individual kingdom must be realized within as our Master said. The problems that appear “out there,” are not “out there.” They are errors of belief working within consciousness to attempt to make you believe they are substantial and have power. These errors want you to believe there is something that is too big for you to handle. Again, it is not “out there”; you must heal it as an attack upon consciousness. It is an abomination against God and cannot be tolerated in His kingdom. If a cancer, you handle rebellion; if communism, you handle lust for power, hatred of man and God, and intellectualism.
The leaven brought forth by Mrs. Eddy must destroy all error. This leaven must complete the conflict “inaugurated by Jesus.” To think that the labor, social, religious, and economic problems of this age are for a socialistic group to solve is malicious animal magnetism putting us to sleep and keeping our thoughts closed to the problems which need to be handled. Mortal mind is telling you that you are a mortal being and can do nothing about these problems. It tells you they are separate from you and, therefore, you cannot handle them. We must see this lie for what it is and handle it. All Christian Scientists must realize and know that the Truth they are bringing forth in consciousness is leavening all situations in the world today and these errors must be specifically destroyed when they appear.
We know that the impurities in a stew come to the top while the stew is cooking. If the impurities are not skimmed off, they will burn over and put out the flame. Error must be handled. If we leave it alone, it will eventually destroy our nation and Church. Any successful attempt of mortal mind to keep us away from our mental work makes the error more difficult to handle. We do not heal something because it causes discomfort, but because it is not in accord with God’s law. The outcome of chemicalization must bring purer streams for Christian healing.
Jesus said his kingdom was not of this world, yet this did not stop him from healing mankind of their sins and of the outward manifestation of those sins. Whatever appeared to his consciousness as untrue was an offense unto God and, therefore, had to be healed. In this way he was cleansing his own nature as well as mankind’s thinking. We must work as he did, as if the future of the world depends upon our demonstration,– because it most certainly does. There are not many of us. On page 66 of Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy says, “Through great tribulation we enter the kingdom.” To mortal sense there is tribulation but to God there is only harmony and peace. Jesus says, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” This is a wonderful statement to rely on when the days become blackened with doubt, fear, and dismay. Our dear Master is telling us his example can be followed. His Way is the only way.
The leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees, Zionism and Communism and the leaven of the Woman, Mary Baker Eddy, and Christian Science, are meeting in combat. The filth and corruption brought by the false leaven is attempting to destroy the fruits of the Woman’s leaven. In this final struggle, the imperfections that have dwelt in human consciousness since the beginning of mortal history will be seen for what they are. The resistance and shock at the time of this uncovering will bring forth much indignation that, in turn, will bring forth the tribulation. At that moment, the earth will help the Woman because materiality will no longer be prized. The movements of earth, mortal mind, will destroy the so-called wealth of those attempting to control. The only protection comes from the constant awareness of Love’s allness as demonstrated in Christian Science. 5 What will appear at that time to mortal sense will be destruction; but to divine Mind, the Truth will be witnessed to as the kingdom of heaven is being ushered in and realized as ever present. Mortal mind will no longer have any power because it will be seen and known as a myth. The final resistance and indignation against the secret conspirators will bring forth this “Great Tribulation.” It shall be much as Jesus tells us it will be. In Matthew we read, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows… And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many, and because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
It is evident that Christian Science is on the offensive and not the defensive. We could write many pages explaining this statement of Jesus’, but we already have a good indication of what he wants us to know. “The love of many shall wax cold,” and then problems occur because this cold thought engenders hatred for its betrayers. The final tribulation brought forth by chemicalization will come when Christian Science has brought enough Truth into the world to so disturb error from its base that it will come into the open to fight and will be seen and acknowledged as the erroneous concept about God, man and the universe with a completely false chemical buildup.
Jesus then bids us to watch, for he says we know not what hour this is to occur. We will not know when this purifying process will finish its course, so we must always be alert and watching to stop evil’s advancement toward destruction. This statement of the Master’s is meant for individual attention for he knew that God’s kingdom is an individual kingdom and can only be ushered in individually.
“Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” Error does not want to be exposed. Its wicked nature dwells in secrecy and only the light of Truth as demonstrated in Christian Science can uncover it. The world is feeling the cumulative effect of Christianly scientific thinking and mortal mind is revolting against this effect. Theological dogma, medical diagnosis and practice, scientific pronouncements, and social practices are shaking under the impress of a false creation brought into the light through the demonstration of Truth. Christian Science works in every avenue of thought and action; therefore, we must handle the resistance and alarm caused by the “cumulative effect.” If we don’t handle the agitation, it will burst into flames and cause destruction.
When thought becomes clear enough to have a solid dose of truth injected into its system, there will be much indignation expressed towards many fields of endeavor that have held mankind in bondage since time began. As this age progresses, we must protect the dedicated Protestant clergy, the honorable doctors, and the honest politicians.
Mrs. Eddy says, “The hour is come. The great battle of Armageddon is upon us. The powers of evil are leagued together in secret conspiracy against the Lord and against His Christ, as expressed and operative in Christian Science. Large numbers, in desperate malice, are engaged day and night in organizing action against us. Their feeling and purpose are deadly, and they have sworn enmity against the lives of our standard bearers.” (Mis. p. 177:4) She also says Christian Scientists will hold such things in check. They are not doing so now. To stop this chemicalization process is not our aim, but to stop the evil side effects is. We are told in Isaiah 42 that God will not even stop the chemicalization: “and the smoking flax shall he not quench,” until there is no more materialistic thinking to burn.
Extremes in weather, persistent hurricanes and tornadoes, etc., are indications of the approach of this “Great Tribulation.” We will not cause the tribulation but we are producing the chemicalization which will, in turn, bring the thought of mankind toward the tribulation in order to be pushed out of sense and into Soul. We must steadfastly work to know what specific errors need to be uncovered and how to handle them for what they are; for it is only the Goliath of malicious animal magnetism in its many secret identities that we are dealing with. “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” (Matthew 24:42)