Don't be tricked by distractions

For the lesson titled "Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced" from May 21-27, 2012

We wouldn’t want to be tricked into buying something we don’t need or something that doesn’t work; we try to use wisdom and not be tricked by false advertising. This week’s Bible Lesson, titled “Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced,” is largely about that: how not to be fooled by claims of happiness that have no foundation and not to let yourself be pulled or distracted in directions away from God. 

The introduction to this Lesson in the Responsive Reading is the story so often referred to as “the temptation of Christ” (Matthew 4:1–11). The passage says that Jesus was “led up of the Spirit.” God’s Spirit or wisdom leads us toward spiritual growth and strengthening character. The “devil,” however, did the tempting, metaphorically. And the devil might be understood by us as anything that is a distraction from spiritual growth or spiritual truth. Christ Jesus effectively resisted the temptation to believe that a power apart from God would bring more satisfaction than God does. The first citation from Science and Health gives this explanation for Jesus’ response: “The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind,—that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle” (p. 275). 

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