“God Detests Dishonest Scales, but a Just Weight is His Delight” (Prov. 11:1) | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

“God Detests Dishonest Scales, but a Just Weight is His Delight” (Prov. 11:1)

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I Cor. 4:17 – “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory . . . ”

New Testament Greek writers rendered the word for “glory” (doxa) synonymous with the Hebrew word kabod (K-B-D), which originally means “weight” or “heaviness,” referring to the manifestation of the presence of God as something that “heavily weighs upon.” Depictions in the Old Testament of the presence of God parting mighty waters, of prophets encountering the glory of God and falling prostrate as though dead, and in the New Testament, the falling down of the armed multitude come to arrest Jesus after his watch in Gethsemane, attest to the mighty, unassailable weight of God’s glory (and of manifesting that glory through death to self).

Mrs. Eddy tells us (SH 155):

” . . . the percentage of power on the side of this Science must mightily outweigh the power of popular belief in order to heal a single case of disease. The human mind acts more powerfully to offset the discords of matter and the ills of flesh, in proportion as it puts less weight into the material or fleshly scale and more weight into the spiritual scale.”

SH 167 – “If the scales are evenly adjusted, the removal of a single weight from either scale gives preponderance to the opposite – Whatever influence you cast on the wrong side of matter, you take away from Mind, which would otherwise outweigh all else.”

The wisdom of Lottie, a 7-year-old child (January, 1890 Christian Science Journal), spells out the most direct and efficient way for me to tip the scales more and more on the side of Mind and immortality:

“One day a lady — a Christian Scientist — was calling on her mamma, and they were talking about the best way to treat a ‘chronic belief.’ Lottie, who was playing in the room, looked up and said wonderingly — ‘Why, it is all error, mamma, isn’t it? And error is only darkness, nothing! If this room was very dark you wouldn’t try to shovel out the dark, would you? You would open the door and just let in the light.’ This was the answer needful and closed the discussion.”