July 18, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Systems

Golden text: Jeremiah 1:18-19*

“Stand at attention while I prepare you for your work. I’m making you as impregnable as a castle, Immovable as a steel post, solid as a concrete block wall. You’re a one-man defense system against this culture, Against Judah’s kings and princes, against the priests and local leaders. They’ll fight you, but they won’t even scratch you. I’ll back you up every inch of the way.” God’s Decree.

I kings 11:1, 6-7, 26-39

King Solomon was obsessed with women.

6-7 Solomon openly defied God; he did not follow in his father David’s footsteps. He went on to build a sacred shrine to Chemosh, the horrible god of Moab, and to Molech, the horrible god of the Ammonites, on a hill just east of Jerusalem.

26 And then, the last straw: Jeroboam son of Nebat rebelled against the king. He was an Ephraimite from Zeredah, his mother a widow named Zeruah. He served in Solomon’s administration.

27-28 This is why he rebelled. Solomon had built the outer defense system (the Millo) and had restored the fortifications that were in disrepair from the time of his father David. Jeroboam stood out during the construction as strong and able. When Solomon observed what a good worker he was, he put the young man in charge of the entire workforce of the tribe of Joseph.

29-30 One day Jeroboam was walking down the road out of Jerusalem. Ahijah the prophet of Shiloh, wearing a brand-new cloak, met him. The two of them were alone on that remote stretch of road. Ahijah took off the new cloak that he was wearing and ripped it into twelve pieces.

31-33 Then he said to Jeroboam, “Take ten of these pieces for yourself; this is by order of the God of Israel: See what I’m doing—I’m ripping the kingdom out of Solomon’s hands and giving you ten of the tribes. In honor of my servant David and out of respect for Jerusalem, the city I especially chose, he will get one tribe. And here’s the reason: He faithlessly abandoned me and went off worshiping Ashtoreth goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh god of the Moabites, and Molech god of the Ammonites. He hasn’t lived the way I have shown him, hasn’t done what I have wanted, and hasn’t followed directions or obeyed orders as his father David did.

34-36 “Still, I won’t take the whole kingdom away from him. I’ll stick with him through his lifetime because of my servant David whom I chose and who did follow my directions and obey my orders. But after that I’ll remove the kingdom from his son’s control and give you ten tribes. I’ll leave one tribe to his son, to maintain a witness to my servant David in Jerusalem, the city I chose as a memorial to my Name.

37-39 “But I have taken you in hand. Rule to your heart’s content! You are to be the king of Israel.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

A balanced system and mind, mentally sustained by Truth, goes on naturally.

Humanity slowly yields to the thoughts of divine Mind and looks away from physics to metaphysics as the cause of every effect. In this revolutionary period, physical hypotheses challenge metaphysics to meet in final combat.

In this final struggle for supremacy, semi-metaphysical systems offer no substantial aid to scientific metaphysics. Arguments based on the false testimony of the physical senses as well as on the facts of Mind, savor confusion, disorder, pandemonium, a house divided against its self.[1]

We are susceptible to believe in more than one supreme ruler, or in some power less than God. We imagine that Mind can be imbedded in a sensuous body. What happens when the material body takes a turn for the worse and gives out? What happens when the belief of life in unstable matter overloads and crashes? Do you believe the deathless Soul escapes from matter and lives on? But those are unworkable questions. Death is not a springboard to eternal Life and happiness. The person who neglects their spirituality is a suicide. Sin kills the sinner and will continue to kill so long as sin is committed. The ranting and raving of illegitimate living and of fearful and pitiful dying should disappear on the shore of time where the waves of sin, sorrow, and ruin beat in vain.

Immortal ideas are perfectly real and tangible to spiritual consciousness, plus they have the advantage over the objects and thoughts of limited senses because they are good and eternal.

All other systems—systems based wholly or partly on knowledge gained through the physical senses—are reeds swayed by the wind,[2] not houses built on the rock.[3]

I would not transform the infant immediately into an adult, nor would I keep the infant a lifelong newborn. No impossible thing do I ask when urging the claims of Christian Science; but because this teaching is in advance of the times, we should not deny our need of its spiritual unfoldment. Humanity will improve through Science and spirituality. The necessity for spiritualizing humanity comes from the fact that Mind can do it. Mind, God, can impart purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weakness, and health instead of disease. Truth improves the entire system and can heal “the whole body.”[4]

Romans 3:26-31

God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness.

27-28 So where does that leave our proud Jewish insider claims and counterclaims? Canceled? Yes, canceled. What we’ve learned is this: God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. We’ve finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade.

29-30 And where does that leave our proud Jewish claim of having a corner on God? Also canceled. God is the God of outsider non-Jews as well as insider Jews. How could it be otherwise since there is only one God? God sets right all who welcome his action and enter into it, both those who follow our religious system and those who have never heard of our religion.

31 But by shifting our focus from what we do to what God does, don’t we cancel out all our careful keeping of the rules and ways God commanded? Not at all. What happens, in fact, is that by putting that entire way of life in its proper place, we confirm it.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Consciousness constructs a better body when faith in limited perceptions is conquered. Correct human mortal convictions by spiritual understanding and Spirit will form you anew. You will never fear again except to offend God, and you will never believe that hormones, cells, the heart, central nervous system, or any portion of the body can destroy you.

If you want your colon, uterus, lymphatic system, or lungs to stay healthy, with excellent capacity, be always ready mentally to protest against unhealthy beliefs. Dismiss all notions about tumors, inherited diseases, weak lungs, or suffering, arising from any circumstance. You will find that human mind, when instructed by Truth, allows the body to be guided into health by means of divine power.

The Christian Scientist, understanding that all is Mind, commences with mental causation, the truth of being, to destroy the disease, or error. This remedy has the power to correct positively, and to reach to every part of the human system. According to Scripture, it searches the “joints and marrow,”[5] and restores the healthy functions of the body.

We must continue to wiggle our way out of human systems and theories, whether time-honored or not, if we would gain the Truth as our only Savior. Not in part, but totally, the great healer of human mind is the healer of the body.

The purpose and motive to live spiritually can be achieved now. Getting off to the right start, you have taken the preliminary steps in divine Science and nothing but wrong intention can obstruct your advancement. Working and praying with true motives, your Father will open the way. “Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?”[6]

Human mind and divine Mind are opposites. One is contrary to the other in its very nature and essence, consequently, they both can’t be real. Only by understanding that there is but one power—not two powers—are scientific and logical conclusions reached. We must continue to admit that spiritual intelligence is apart from mortal beings and measurable energy. Spiritual intelligence is expressing and controlling the universe. Spiritual intelligence is synonymous with the eternal Mind or divine Principle, Love.

Prophets looked for something higher than the systems of their times; hence their foresight of the new dispensation of Truth, but they lacked a systematic teaching of God in Truth’s more infinite meanings. The demonstration that overcomes sin, sickness, and death establishes the definition of omnipotence and maintains the Science of Spirit.

The arrogance of being a church official is a ruler of this world. Arrogance has nothing in Christ. Humility, honesty, and charity have divine authority. Mortals think wrongly, consequently they seem to work against themselves and others. They think sickly thoughts, and so become sick. If sin makes sinners, Truth and Love alone can unmake them. If a sense of disease produces suffering and a sense of ease antidotes suffering, disease is mental. Logic has it that human mind suffers, and that divine Mind alone heals.

In founding a pathological system of spirituality, I have labored to expound divine Principle and not to exalt personality. The weapons of bigotry, idolatry, spiritual unawareness, and envy, will fall before an honest heart. The mindset that adulterates divine Science is the mindset trying to void out Science. Falsity has no foundation.

Dishonesty and a lack of spiritual experience do not establish, and cannot overthrow, a scientific system of ethics.

This system of Mind-healing is supported by the understanding of the nature and essence of all being—by the divine Mind and Love’s essential qualities. Its pharmacy is moral, and its medicine is intellectual and spiritual, though used for physical healing. Yet this most fundamental part of metaphysics is the most difficult to understand and demonstrate, for thoughts of physical flesh and blood seem so real, until such thoughts are rectified by Spirit.

In the system of Mind, Soul is the central Life and intelligence around which circles all thoughts harmoniously.

*Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

**Text from 21st Century Science and Health can’t be reproduced in part or as a whole without the written permission of Healing Science Today

[1] Matt. 12:25; Mark 3:25; Luke 11:17

[2] Matt. 11:7; Luke 7:24

[3] Matt. 7:24; Luke 6:49

[4] John 7:23 (REB)

[5] Heb. 4:12

[6] Gal. 5:7

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July 11, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Moving

Golden text: Hebrews 6:1*

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God.

Genesis 11:1-9

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Human mind and body are one. Neither exists without the other, and both must be replaced by spiritual Mind. A material body is an embodied concept of human mind. This mortal mind builds its own superstructure of which the fleshly body is the denser portion. From first to last, the body is a sensuous mythical human concept.

It should not seem supernatural that mind, without the aid of hands, can move or alter an object when we already know that it is mind-power which moves both the object and hand. Studies in parapsychology and psychokinetic abilities basically confirm the human mind’s control over its substratum, called matter.

Nothing is more antagonistic to divine Science than a blind belief without understanding, for such belief hides Truth and builds on error.

As we become better acquainted with the Science of being, we are better able to communicate with the divine Mind. Spiritual knowledge not only allows people to foresee and foretell events which concern the universal welfare, but it also inspires people divinely to reach the range of unfettered Mind, Spirit.

To understand incorporeal Mind is to perceive that Mind is infinite. Mind is not bound by physicality. Mind is not dependent on the fleshly ear and eye for sound or sight. Mind is not contingent on corporeal muscles and bones for movement. This perception of boundless Mind extends toward Mind-science and toward a perception of our true nature and existence, which does not include material personalities. Without material personalities or spirits, there is no basis upon which to build psychics or spiritualism.

Genesis 11:27-32

 This is the account of Terah’s family line. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. 29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milkah and Iskah. 30 Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive. 31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there. 32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The human mind always tells the body what to do. Quite often the body goes through a motion so often that after a while the movement appears to be involuntary. Human mind tells the heart valves to open and close as directly as it tells the hand to wave hello. Anatomy admits that human-will waves the hand, but it doesn’t see human mind directing the heart.

We say, “My hand did it.” What is this my but human mind, the cause of all mortal action. All voluntary and involuntary action of the mortal body is governed by mortal mind, not by chemicals or electricity. There is no involuntary action. The divine Mind includes all action and will, and in Science we are governed by this Mind. The human mind tries to classify action as either voluntary and involuntary and suffers from the attempt.

All we correctly know of Spirit comes from God, divine Principle, and is learned through Truth and divine Science.

Genesis 20: 1-7

Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her. But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.” Now Abimelek had not gone near her, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister,’ and didn’t she also say, ‘He is my brother’? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands.” Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Human beings develop their own bodies or make them sick according to how they influence them through mortal mind. To know whether this development is produced consciously or unconsciously is of less importance than knowledge of the fact. The skills of the gymnast prove that latent mental fears are subdued in thought. The commitment of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible. Exceptions only confirm this rule, proving that failure is occasioned by a strong faith in failure.

If athletes believed it impossible to accomplish record-breaking feats, they could never do it. Their belief that they can achieve something spectacular gives their thought forces, called muscles, the flexibility and power which the unscientific might attribute to adrenaline or genes. Fear must disappear before the power of putting resolve into action can appear.

The human mind directs internal organs as well as the arm. Think about it, when human mind quits the body, the heart becomes as inactive as the arm.

Anatomy and physiology require nerves to tell the mind to move the muscles. But what does anatomy say when the muscle cramps? Did nerves stop talking to the muscle? Did human mind tell it to constrict? Can muscles, brain, blood, and nerves rebel against mind in one instance and not in another? Can muscles spasm, despite a mental protest?

Unless muscles are self-acting at all times, they never are—never are capable of acting contrary to mental direction.

Muscles are not self-acting. If mind does not move the muscles, they are motionless. Hence the great fact that Mind alone enlarges and empowers through its mandate—by reason of its demand for, and supply of, power. Not because of exercise, but by reason of the weight-lifters faith in exercise do the muscles become stronger.

It is mortal mind which moves is substratum, matter. Movements come from the will of human belief and are neither scientific nor rational. Mortal mind produces paranormal table-tipping as certainly as it produces normal table-setting. Although the paranormal action is believed to occur because of spirits or electricity, both actions lead to believing mind and matter cooperate invisibly and visibly and that matter has autonomy.

Mark 12:1-9

Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed. “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Neither philosophy nor skepticism can hinder the movement of Science which is ever revealing the supremacy of Mind. The intuitive sense of Mind-power reinforces the glory of Mind. Nearness, not distance, lends delight to this view.

Humanity moves toward good or evil as time passes. If mortals are not progressive, past failures will be repeated until all wrong work is erased or corrected. If there is any satisfaction in wrongdoing, we must learn to loathe it. If we are now content with spiritual idleness, we must become dissatisfied with it. Remember that humankind must sooner or later, either by suffering or by Science, be convinced of the error that is to be overcome.

A human judge sometimes remits the penalty the comes with a broken law, but this may not be a moral benefit to the criminal. At best, it only saves the criminal from one form of punishment. The moral law, which has the right to acquit or condemn, always demands restitution before human beings can “move up to a better place.”[1] Penalties compel progress.

While divine Principle never pardons mistakes until they are corrected, mere legal pardon leaves the offender free to repeat the offense. Sometimes the offender has suffered, and made others suffer so much, that they don’t want to repeat the mistake. Truth doesn’t excuse error but wipes it out in the most effectual manner. Jesus suffered, not to annul the divine sentence for other people’s sin, but because sin inevitably hurts others.

Repetitious prayers bring to mortals what they believe will occur. We know a desire for holiness is necessary to gain holiness, but if we desire holiness above all else, we will sacrifice everything for it. We must be willing to surrender mortal thoughts that we may walk securely on the only practical road to immortality. Prayer can’t change the unalterable Truth, nor can prayer alone give us an understanding of Truth. Prayer, attached to a sincere intent to know and do God’s will, brings us into all Truth. Prayer is best expressed in thought and in life.

The effort to unlearn false perceptions includes forfeiting those views completely. Then error will be submissive to Truth. The divine method of becoming responsible for every thought and action involves unwinding our snarls and learning from experience how to divide between the human and the spiritual.

The finite must yield to the infinite. Advancing to a higher plane of action, consciousness moves from the limited sense to the unlimited, from the scholastic to the inspirational, and from the mortal to the immortal. All things are created spiritually. Mind, not isolatable energy, is the creator. Love, the divine Principle, is Father-Mother of the universe and us.

*Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

**Text from 21st Century Science and Health can’t be reproduced in part or as a whole without the written permission of Healing Science Today

[1] Luke 14:10

July 4, 2018

Subject: Declaration

Golden text: Romans 2:13*

For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.

Matthew 15:1-6

Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”

Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Tradition, education, and fashion form the illusive standards of human beings. Spirituality, exempt from decline or decay, has a glory of its own—the radiance of Soul. We can be models of spiritual sense. Our spirituality is designed by complete Mind and reflects those higher conceptions of loveliness which transcend all false conceptions.

Surely, we need to do more than preserve unreliable and useless dogmas, derived from religious traditions and stamped with human approval or authorization.

Matthew 26:1-2, 34-35

When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

34“Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The human mind must struggle to interpret correctly the discomfort that Jesus inspired and the spiritual blessings that might flow from this type of discomfort that oftentimes produces a shock. Science shows the shock is produced because of a great distance between the individual and Truth. Like Peter, it is better to weep over the uncomfortable warning instead of deny the truth or deride the lifelong sacrifice that goodness makes for the destruction of evil.

Matthew 26:57-58

Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The spiritual idea was put on trial in a biased courtroom, but only so the human mind might uncover its own crime of denying and defying immortal Mind.

[Jesus’] intense human sacrifice was motivated by the desire to give generously to the empty or sin-filled storehouses of human beings. In witness of Jesus’ divine commission, he presented the proof that Life, Truth, and Love heal the sinning and triumph over dead-end thinking through Mind, not matter or technology.

Truth has no consciousness of error. Love has no sense of hatred. Life has no partnership with death. Truth, Life, and Love are the law of annihilation to everything unlike themselves, because they declare nothing except God.

Matthew 26:69-74

Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.

70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”

73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”

74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Cancer or tuberculosis patients often show great hopefulness and courage even when they are supposed to be in hopeless danger. This state of mind seems extraordinary except to the expert in divine Science. The attitude is misunderstood simply because it is a stage of fear so excessive that it amounts to fortitude or strength. The expectation of a horrific physical condition presents to human thought an image more terrifying than that of most other diseases. The patient turns unintentionally from the contemplation of the situation and is unaware that the concealed fear and despair of recovery remain in thought.

Along the same line, the greatest sin is subtle and does its work almost self-deceived. The diseases considered dangerous sometimes come from the most hidden, undefined, and insidious thinking. The anemic invalid, whom you declare to be wasting away with a blood deficiency, should be told that blood never gave life and can never take it away. Understand and say: Life is Spirit, and there is more life and immortality in one good motive and act than in all the blood which ever flowed through those mortal veins mimicking life.

Insanity, inanity, sickness, and mental turmoil are comprised in human thinking, and do not belong to the divine Mind. They are without a real origin or being. They have neither Principle nor permanence but belong with all that is changeable and illusive. They belong to nothingness, which feigns the creations of Truth. Creations of falsities must return to dust, whereas Spirit’s creations are substantial and eternal. It’s a mistake to believe we are susceptible to a detachment from Spirit. Divine Science invalidates error and maintains our spiritual identity.

God’s thoughts are eternal, substantial, and alive. Human thoughts are temporal, frail, and doomed to die. Human thoughts lack a divine cause because God, Spirit, is the only cause and can only cause that which is eternal. The unspiritual is not a creation of Spirit. The unspiritual contradicts the spiritual and eternal. Due to its contradicting nature, error must say, “I am true.” But by this saying, error, or the lie, destroys itself.

Although Scripture declares God made all, and it was good, the physical senses define diseases as realities made by another power and that divine Mind can’t or won’t heal. Physical senses originate and support all that is erratic, inadequate, selfish, or despicable.

The hormones, blood, heart, lungs, brain, etc., can’t do anything to Life, God. Every function is controlled by the divine intelligence. The human mind has no power to kill or to cure, and it has no control over God’s making. The divine Mind that made us, maintains us. The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off,[1] as Paul declares in Ephesians. All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire existence is found harmonious and eternal. The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, unite with this power, and follow the guidance of truth.

God is what the Scriptures declare—Life, Truth, Love. Spirit is divine Principle, and divine Principle is Love, and Love is Mind, and Mind is not both good and bad, for God is Mind; therefore, there is in reality one Mind only, because there is one God.

Human mind, acting from the basis of sensation in matter, is susceptible to suggestions. This so-called mind from which comes all evil, contradicts itself and must finally yield to eternal Truth as expressed in Science. In proportion to our understanding of Christian Science, we are freed from the suggestions of physical inheritance or mind in illusive matter. We disarm sin of its imaginary power as we scientifically understand the status of spiritual being.

In the Saxon and twenty other tongues good is the term for God. The Scriptures declare all that God made to be good—good in Principle and in idea. The spiritual universe is good and reflects God as God is.

Sickness, sin, and death are not the merchandise of Life. They are simulations or virtual realities which Truth destroys with immortal reality. God is good and as the source of all being, God does not produce moral or physical deformity, therefore such deformity is not real but is illusion—is the mirage of error. Divine Science reveals these grand facts and on their basis Jesus demonstrated Life, never fearing or obeying error in any form.

I Corinthians 15:50

I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

From 21st Century Science and Health

There are not finite souls, spirits, or beings. Soul or Spirit means only one Mind and cannot be rendered in the plural. Mythology and human philosophies have perpetuated the fallacy that intelligence, soul, and life can be divided and confined, and thereby materialized. Idolatry and ritualism are the outcome of all human-made beliefs. The Science of spirituality comes with tool in hand to separate the chaff from the wheat. Science will declare God aright, and Christianity will demonstrate this declaration and its divine Principle, making humankind better physically, morally, and spiritually.

Justice declares the presence of law. Injustice declares the absence of law. When the body says, “I am sick,” never plead guilty. Since organs can’t talk, it must be human mind which speaks. Disease has no intelligence to declare itself something and announce its name. Human mortal mind alone sentences itself. Therefore, make your own terms with sickness and be just to yourself and to others. You can meet the statement, “I am sick,” with a protest, but be fair to others if you need to tell them that you have a contagious illness.

Mentally contradict every complaint from the body. Evolve into the spiritual consciousness of Life as Love—as all that is pure and bearing the fruits of Spirit.

Divine Science declares that Mind is substance and health is substantial.

The scientific divine creation declares immortal Mind and the universe created by God.

Infinite Mind reveals and governs all, from the mental molecule to infinity. This divine Principle of all expresses Science and art throughout Spirit’s entire work including the immortality of spiritual being and the universe. Creation is always appearing and must always continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source.

Like the United States, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence. God has endowed us with inalienable rights among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. We are properly self-governed only when we are guided rightly and governed by our Maker, divine Truth and Love.

Health insurance companies are recognizing the power of thought. Not only are the costs of psychiatry or counseling covered, but some policies also cover alternative health care costs. These examples of liberating the practice of medicine are in harmony with our Constitution and Bill of Rights, with that immortal sentiment of the Declaration, “Man is endowed by his Maker with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

*Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

**Text from 21st Century Science and Health can’t be reproduced in part or as a whole without the written permission of Healing Science Today

[1] Eph. 4:22; Col. 2:11, 3:8

June 27, 2018

Subject: Memory

Golden text: Proverbs 10:7*

The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.

Exodus 17:8-16

 Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord Is My Banner, 16 saying, “A hand upon the throne of the Lord! The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

From 21st Century Science and Health**

The true concept is never lost.

Test this: while wide-awake, close your eyes and recall objects which are thousands of miles away or altogether gone from physical sight and sense. See how memory can reproduce voices that have for a long time been silent.  In a day-dream we can even evoke the heart’s desire, as expressed by the poet Tennyson—

The touch of a vanished hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still.[1]

The mind can also become aware of a flavor or odor when no foodstuff touches the taste buds and no scent signals the olfactory receptors.

How do we distinguish real thoughts from illusive thoughts? By learning their source. Real thoughts flow from divine Mind. Unreal thoughts, coming from brains or personal auras, are extensions of the human mind; they are imprinted mortal beliefs and experiences. Illusive ideas or objects proceed from the physical senses and are vulnerable to death, whereas real thoughts are spiritual, harmonious, and eternal.

When we are asleep, memory and consciousness are lost from the body and they wander around apparently with their own separate embodiment. Science reveals the fact that mortal personality has nothing to do with our real selfhood. We call the human character a personality. Human personality is a dream, and the dream or belief goes on whether our eyes are closed or open. A wicked person may have an attractive personality; therefore, human personality is not the true character of spiritual person.

Psalms 9:1-9

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

When my enemies turn back,
they stumble and perish before your presence.
For you have maintained my just cause;
you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.

You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
their cities you rooted out;
the very memory of them has perished.

But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
he has established his throne for justice,
and he judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with uprightness.

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Sympathy with error should disappear. Science renders impossible the transfer of mistaken thoughts from one mind to another.

Do material atoms have intelligence? Do the material organs cause the eyes to see and the ears to hear? If so, then when the body dematerializes these faculties must be lost. But think different. Mentally dematerialize the faculties and conceive of them as immortal. Our immortality is in Spirit.

Nerves are not the source of pain or pleasure. We suffer or enjoy in our dreams, but this pain or pleasure is not communicated through a nerve. What about phantom limb? A limb is felt, but there are no nerves. If the feeling can return or be prolonged, why can’t the limb reappear?

Why, after pulling a bad tooth can we sometimes still feel the toothache? Because the memory of pain is more vivid than the memory of pleasure. When the nerve is gone, which we say caused the pain, and yet the pain remains, it proves sensation to be in the human mind, not in matter. Reverse the process; take away the personal mind’s claim instead of a piece of the flesh and the nerves have no sensation.

Mark 14:3-9

And while [Jesus] was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Jesus’ spiritual origin and his demonstration of divine Principle entitled him to his status as “Son.” He was the son of a virgin. The term Christ Jesus, or Jesus the Christ (to give the full and proper translation of the Greek), may be rendered “Jesus the anointed,” Jesus the God-crowned or the divinely royal man. “Therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”[2]

A passage in Hebrews refers to the Son as “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being [infinite Mind].”[3] The Amplified Bible version is noteworthy, saying the Son “is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature.”[4] Using these words in their higher meaning, the author of this remarkable epistle appears to regard Christ as the Son of God, the royal reflection of the infinite. J. B. Phillips described the Son as the “radiance of the glory of God, flawless expression of the nature of God.”[5] The reason given for the exaltation of Jesus as Mary’s son was that he “loved righteousness and hated wickedness.”[6]

Reform comes by gaining an affection for good according to Science which reveals the immortal fact that pleasure, pain, appetite, and emotionalism can’t be kept alive either in or of human mind. Divine Mind can and does purge false beliefs from human mind.

As with any reform, a transition period will be felt. Transition periods are often unsettling and undesirable, however, why buck the trend when the reform compels us to find permanence and peace in a more spiritual devotion?

Hebrews 10-32-39

But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33 sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34 For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. 35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 37 For,

“Yet a little while,
and the coming one will come and will not delay;
38 but my righteous one shall live by faith,
and if he shrinks back,
my soul has no pleasure in him.”

39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The depraved appetites for alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, oxycodone, methamphetamines, promiscuity, pornography, is destroyed only by Mind’s control of the body. There is no enjoyment in getting drunk, in becoming a fool, or being an object of extreme disgust. There is actually a very sharp remembrance of shame, a suffering inconceivably terrible to one’s self-respect. Morbid cravings are loathsome. Normal control is gained through divine strength and understanding.

Humanity’s dependence on relentless passions, selfishness, envy, hatred, and revenge—is beaten only by a mighty struggle. Every hour of delay makes the struggle more severe. If not victorious over negative human elements, then happiness, health, and courage will be crushed, but divine Science is the universal remedy, giving strength to the weakness of human mind. Spiritual and omnipotent Mind lifts humanity above itself into purer desires, even into spiritual power and good-will to humankind.

Let the victim of delusional and self-destructive desires learn the lessons of Christian Science. They then can get the better of those desires and ascend a degree in the scale of health, happiness, and existence.

Contradict delusive sayings, such as, “I am losing my memory,” or “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” In Science, no faculty of Mind is lost and all being is eternal, spiritual, and harmonious in every action. Let the perfect example be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite. This spiritualization of thought lets in light and brings divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 6th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] Tennyson, Alfred, (1809–1892) English Poet. Break, Break, Break.

[2] Heb. 1:9

[3] Heb. 1:3 (Brackets added by Mary Baker Eddy)

[4] Heb. 1:3 (Amplified)

[5] Heb. 1:3 (Phillips NT)

[6] Heb. 1:9

June 20, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Summer

Golden text: Isaiah 28:3-6*

The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim will be trodden underfoot; and the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is on the head of the rich valley,
will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer: when someone sees it, he swallows it as soon as it is in his hand. In that day the Lord of hosts will be a crown of glory, and a diadem of beauty, to the remnant of his people, and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

Genesis 8:20-22

 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. 22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Mind creates the likeness of ideas and the substance of an idea is polar opposite to the substance of non-intelligent matter. God did not create a physical universe as described through materialist views. Materialist views confuse spiritual ideas with human concepts and lean toward anthropomorphism. God is not anthropomorphic, but is divine Principle―divine Love―and brings “forth the constellations in their seasons,”[1] and leads “out the Bear with its cubs.”[2]

Minerals, vegetables, and animal substances are no more contingent now on time or material structure than they were “while the morning stars sang together.”[3] Mind made the “plant of the field”[4] before it appeared on the earth. The events of spiritual ascension are the days and seasons of Mind’s revelation, in which beauty, magnificence, purity, and holiness (the divine nature) appear in spiritual beings and the universe, never to disappear.

We may hear a sweet melody and yet misunderstand the science that governs it. Those who are healed through metaphysical Science may not understand the Principle of the cure. They may even credit their recovery to change of air or diet, not rendering to God the honor due to Spirit alone. Entire immunity from the belief in sin and suffering may not be reached at this level, but we may expect a decrease in these evils and this scientific beginning is in the right direction.

We hear it said: “I exercise every day and take vitamin C so I won’t catch a cold. Yet, I always get a cold, have a runny nose, and cough non-stop.” Admitting this is a first step to opening the mind to the futility of constantly paying attention to the material body. Futility often nudges us to look in other more effective directions for cause and cure.

Instinct is better than misguided reason, even as nature declares. The violet lifts her blue eye to greet the early spring. Tree leaves clap their hands in the wind. The snowbird sings while securing a summer residence, never minding wet cold feet. Human beings on the other hand, overlook instinct and make things difficult. Earth’s atmosphere is kinder than the atmosphere of human mind—kinder than the milieu crowded with thoughts of perfectionisms, flus, and allergies. Sun spots, contagion, and sickness are produced solely by human theories.

Proverbs 6:6-11

Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.

From 21st Century Science and Health

People shouldn’t die young because they occupy the most important positions and perform the most vital functions in society. Think of Anglo-Irish explorer Ernest Shackelton[5] and his expedition crew, all who survived overwhelming adversity in their 1914–1916 Antarctic expedition. Persons who act on integrity and goodness do not pay severe penalties. By adhering to the realities of spirituality—instead of reading studies on the inconsistent assumption that death comes in obedience to the law of life and that God punishes people for doing good—one cannot suffer as the result of any labor of love, but grows stronger because of it. It is a mental law in so-called human mind, misnamed matter, which causes all things discordant.

If human mind is kept active, must it pay a penalty by having a headache or becoming exhausted? Who dares to say that actual Mind can be overworked? When we reach our limits of mental endurance, we conclude that intellectual labor has been carried sufficiently far. But we can realize that immortal Mind is ever active and we are able to rest in Truth. When we understand that our God-given spiritual energies and resources can’t wear out or be trespassed upon by mortal laws, we are refreshed by the assurances of immortality, opposed to mortality.

The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on us by our heavenly Father-Mother. Omnipotent Mind gives us faith and understanding whereby to safeguard our self, not only from temptation, but also from bodily suffering.

Luke 21:29-36

 And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

When human beings yield their thoughts to the existence of the spiritual and work only as Truth and Love works, they will taste heaven and stop groping in the dark and clinging to the world. In his book, The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle says, “You can still be active and enjoy manifesting and creating new forms, and circumstances, but you won’t be identified with them. You do not need them to give you a sense of self. They are not your life―only your life situation.”[6] Stay out of dark beliefs that cheat us and make us involuntary hypocrites. Don’t be induced to believe you are doing good when really you are producing evil, injuring others, and deforming goodness. People who think they are a semi-god will mis-create.

I have revised Science and Health only to give a clearer and fuller expression of its original meaning. Spiritual ideas unfold as we advance. A human perception of divine Science, however limited, must be correct in order to be Science and subject to demonstration. A germ of infinite Truth, though least in the realm of heaven, is the higher hope on earth, but it will be rejected and hated until God prepares the soil for the seed. That which when sown produces immortal fruit, perfects humanity only when it is understood—consequently, the many readings given the Scriptures, and the requisite revisions of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

Micah 7:1, 5-7

Woe is me! For I have become
as when the summer fruit has been gathered,
as when the grapes have been gleaned:
there is no cluster to eat,
no first-ripe fig that my soul desires.

Put no trust in a neighbor;
have no confidence in a friend;
guard the doors of your mouth
from her who lies in your arms;
for the son treats the father with contempt,
the daughter rises up against her mother,
the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
But as for me, I will look to the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation;
my God will hear me.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Humanity advances slowly out of old thought patterns. The unwillingness to learn all things correctly, binds spiritual understanding in chains.

Love will finally mark the hour of harmony, and spiritualization will follow for Love is Spirit. Before error is wholly destroyed there will be interruptions of the general human routine. Earth will become dreary and desolate, but summer and winter, seedtime and harvest (though in changed forms) will continue to the end—until the final spiritualization of all things.

Sickness, sin, and destruction must at length recoil before the divine rights of intelligence, and then the power of Mind over the entire functions and organs of the human system will be acknowledged. It is proverbial that Mother Teresa,[7] and other philanthropists engaged in humanitarian work, have been able to undergo without weariness and danger, that which ordinary people could not endure. The explanation lies in the support which they derived from the divine law, supreme to the human law. The spiritual demand crushes the material demand and supplies not only energy but also endurance

The interpretation of God as a physical Savior, instead of as the saving Principle or divine Love, triggers us to look for salvation through pardon and not through reform. We then resort to that which is unreliable, instead of to Spirit, for the cure of the sick. Knowledge of divine Science allows human beings to reach an improved sense of Spirit and to seek to learn, not from capricious knowledge, but from divine Principle, how to demonstrate Christ, Truth as the healing and saving power.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 6th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] Job 38:32

[2] ibid

[3] Job 38:7

[4] Gen. 2:5 (NASB)

[5] Ernest Shackleton (1874–1922) Irish explorer.

[6] The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment Copyright 1999 by Eckhart Tolle. Reprinted with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA www.NewWorldLibrary.com

[7] Mother Teresa (1910–1997) Albanian Roman Catholic nun.

June 13, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Father’s Day

Golden text: Malachi 2:10*

Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?

Ezra 1:1-5

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing:

“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel—he is the God who is in Jerusalem. And let each survivor, in whatever place he sojourns, be assisted by the men of his place with silver and gold, with goods and with beasts, besides freewill offerings for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.”

Then rose up the heads of the fathers’ houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up to rebuild the house of the Lord that is in Jerusalem.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Have a mindful interest in one another’s progress and reciprocate appreciation in a relationship.

It’s impossible to return to physical or mental human conditions after leaving them. An acorn, after having dropped to the ground and sprouted, will never return to its pervious condition. The germinated seed has a new form and a different state of existence. When here or hereafter the belief of temporality is extinct, the error which has held the belief dissolves with the belief and never returns to the old condition.

The caterpillar transformed into a beautiful butterfly is no longer a worm. The butterfly doesn’t return to fraternize with or control the worm. Such a retrograde transformation is impossible in Science. Darkness and light, infancy and adulthood, sickness and health, are opposites—different beliefs which never blend. Who will say that infancy can articulate the ideas of adulthood or that darkness can represent light? There is no bridge across the gap which divides such opposite conditions as the spiritual and the physical.

In divine knowledge, there is never a backward step, never a return to positions outgrown.

Ezra 3:1-6, 10-13

When the seventh month came, and the children of Israel were in the towns, the people gathered as one man to Jerusalem. Then arose Jeshua the son of Jozadak, with his fellow priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel with his kinsmen, and they built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the Law of Moses the man of God. They set the altar in its place, for fear was on them because of the peoples of the lands, and they offered burnt offerings on it to the Lord, burnt offerings morning and evening. And they kept the Feast of Booths, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number according to the rule, as each day required, and after that the regular burnt offerings, the offerings at the new moon and at all the appointed feasts of the Lord, and the offerings of everyone who made a freewill offering to the Lord. From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the Lord. But the foundation of the temple of the Lord was not yet laid.

From 21st Century Science and Health

When human beliefs lack organizations for support, their foundations disappear. Not having moral might, spiritual basis, or a holy Principle of its own, a belief mistakes effect for cause and seeks to find life and intelligence in symptoms, thus limiting Life and adhering to disorder and death. Human beliefs are blind conclusions made from baseless reasoning. A mortal sense of things is forever silenced by immortal Spirit.

We can interpret and understand the universe and its inhabitants through Science by its divine Principle, God. But, when explained on the basis of physical sense and represented as exposed to change, accumulation and decay, the universe and its inhabitants are enigmas.

Gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces are properties of Mind. They belong to divine Principle and support the equilibrium of that same thought-force which launched the earth in its orbit and said to the proud wave, “this far you may come and no farther.”[1]

Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things. We move on forces. Human knowledge calls the forces electromagnetic or physical, but withdraw them and creation must collapse. Divine Science restores the forces by classifying them spiritually and declaring them inherently and wholly to belong to divine Mind.

Trustworthiness is the foundation of enlightened faith. Without a fitness for holiness, we can’t receive holiness.

Ezra 3:10-13

10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments came forward with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord, according to the directions of David king of Israel. 11 And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord,

“For he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever toward Israel.”

And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. 12 But many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first house, wept with a loud voice when they saw the foundation of this house being laid, though many shouted aloud for joy, 13 so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping, for the people shouted with a great shout, and the sound was heard far away.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The chain of material evolution is a conundrum. If we came from a single-celled organism, why do we still have single-celled organisms and monkeys? Did the chain of material evolution break at some point? Spirit certainly can’t form a link in a chain of material being. Divine Science reveals the eternal chain of existence as uninterrupted and wholly spiritual. Spirituality can only be realized as the false sense of being disappears.

If we ever were material beings, we must have passed through all the forms of matter to be where we are now. Were we once a part of dirt? The belief that Soul is in material bodies obtains in and entertains human minds, to which the apostle refers when he says that we must “put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires.”[2] Our true self is the image and likeness of Spirit.

How can the temporal brain, heart, blood, DNA, etc. be our identity? If our real nature is the bodily structure, a portion of our being would be gone if a limb was amputated; or a surgeon could remove our manhood or womanhood; or bacteria would annihilate our existence. What happens to the identity of an organ recipient? How can DNA be the foundation of our identity when it mutates and replicates? After a person is gone their DNA is still here on earth, so where is the individual? On another note, people have repeatedly proven that the loss of a limb cannot take away their intelligence and stature. Many people, classified as disabled, have presented more nobility, more manliness and womanliness, than the polished athlete or glamour model—teaching society that true identity and nature comes from spirituality, divine consciousness.

John 19:5-7

So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” The Jews[a] answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

If God were understood instead of only believed, this understanding would establish health. Jesus was accused, “because he claimed to be the Son of God,”[3] but he used the accusation to justify the true Godlike spirit. The godly thought impels a more exalted worship and self-discipline. Spiritual perception brings out the possibilities of being and destroys reliance on anything accept God. Action and thought were made to image forth our Maker.

Self-worship is denser than a solid body. In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the clotted mass of error. Let us work to bankrupt self-will, self-justification, and self-worship. Don’t invest in mortality with its errors that compete against spirituality.

John 4:19-24

 The woman said to [Jesus], “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

The legacy of the tribe of Judah shows that beliefs engendering a national theology or political religion are the antithesis of true Christianity. Narrow systems and theories concerning God, human beings, health, and a religious society, are restrictive. The argument that accused Jesus of “making himself equal with God,”[4] is the same argument that resists a Christianity built on the foundation of Spirit. Jesus taught as he was inspired by the Maker and would recognize no life, intelligence, or substance outside God.

Father. Eternal Life; the one Mind; the divine Principle, commonly called God.

We worship spiritually only as we cease to worship materially. The devotion to Spirit is the soul of spirituality. Worshipping through the medium of human personalities is not productive. Human-made rituals are but types and shadows of true worship. “The true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.”[5]

We should consecrate existence, not “to an unknown God” whom we “worship as something unknown,”[6] but to the eternal builder, the everlasting Father, to the life which mortal sense or human logic cannot disable or destroy. We must realize the ability of mental might to offset human misconceptions and to replace them with the life which is spiritual, not limited.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 6th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

 

 

[1] Job 38:11

[2] Eph. 4:22

[3] John 19:7

[4] John 5:18

[5] John 4:23

[6] Acts 17:23

June 6, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Neighbors

Golden text: Romans 15:2*

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Exodus 3:15-22

 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. 16 Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt, 17 and I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.”’ 18 And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go. 21 And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, 22 but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”

From 21st Century Science and Health**

To reconstruct timid justice and place the fact above the falsehood, is the work of time.

Insisting on the evidence or indulging the demands of wrongdoing, disease, or loss, we virtually work against the control of Mind over body and deny the power of Mind to heal. This misdirected method is as though the defendant should argue for the plaintiff in favor of a decision which the defendant knows will be turned against the plaintiff.

Material wealth, fame, and social organizations have no authority or influence in the presence of God. We attain clearer views of Principle as we break up cliques, level monetary wealth with honesty, and let worth be judged according to wisdom. We also get better views of humanity as we remove ourselves from biased personal perceptions.

Matthew 5:2, 43-45

And [Jesus] opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The first requirement of this Science is, “You shall have no other gods before me.”[1] This me is Spirit. Therefore, the command means this: You shall have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, and no love, except the unlimited. The second command, you shall “love your neighbor as yourself”[2] is like the first.

It should be thoroughly understood that all people have one Mind, one God and Parent, one Life, Truth, and Love. The fulfillment of real identities will be realized as that fact is understood.

Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as reflected by spiritual beings. Soul is not in a body but is reflected by spiritual beings. The belief that the eternal reality can be constrained in relative matter is an error that creates problems. A leading point in the Science of Soul is that Principle is not controlled by its idea. Spirit, Soul, has never been confined to human beings. If we reason from effect to cause, we will believe God created mortal humans, and sure enough, physical existence and God becomes a mystery. We cannot interpret Spirit, Mind, through inconsistent perceptions, different for different people. So, improve the thought process; reason from cause to effect and Spirit will be found giving the true mental perception.

Reasoning from cause to effect in the Science of Mind, we begin with Mind, which must be understood through the idea which expresses it and cannot be learned from changeable ideas. We arrive at Truth or intelligence, which evolves its own complete idea, when we don’t equate reality with human illusions. If Soul sinned, it would be mortal. Sin is mortal because it kills itself. If Truth is immortal, error must be mortal, because error is unlike Truth. Because Soul is immortal, Soul cannot sin, for sin is not the reality of being.

Proverbs 11:10-14

When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.
12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
but a man of understanding remains silent.
13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

From 21st Century Science and Health

There is great danger in teaching Mind-healing indiscriminately, thus disregarding the morals of the student and caring only for the payments. Recall words that have been credited to Thomas Jefferson concerning slavery, “I tremble, when I remember that God is just.”[3] I tremble whenever I see a person, for the petty reward of money, teaching his or her slight knowledge of Mind-power—increasing the probability of communicating the teacher’s own bad morals. This sad state deals pitilessly with a community unprepared for self-defense.

The great miracle to human sense is divine Love, and the grand purpose of life is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of heaven in us. This goal is never reached while we hate our neighbor or get hung up on a person whom God has appointed to voice His Word. The message, not the messenger is crucial, and this correct sense allows us to see the highest visible idea and understand its divine Principle.

We have a difficult time glimpsing God when distracted by measurable, fluctuating energy. By adjusting the out-of-tune thinking and getting in tune with Truth, we then can perceive the divine image in some word or deed, which indicates the true idea—the supremacy and reality of good, the nothingness and unreality of evil.

The divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves unfolds as we realize that there is one Mind. On the flip side, a belief in many ruling minds hinders humanity’s advancement toward the one Mind, one God. The assumption that there are numerous minds takes us down dead-end roads where selfishness dominates.

Selfishness pushes the weight of human existence toward the side of error, not toward Truth. Denial of the oneness of Mind causes our energy to veer into the gutter of mortality, rather than stay on track with Spirit, good.

When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind—no other Love, wisdom, or Truth; we are conscious of divine Life, and with that divine relationship there is no sense or consciousness of beginnings and endings, starts and stops, comings and goings.

It is only productive to exercise human will-power in subordination to Truth. Human-will has the tendency to misguide our decisions and bring out inferior tendencies. Mistaken human wills injure our self and others. It is the function of spiritual sense to direct us aright.

Human will-power is liable to all evil. The willfulness of human mind can never heal the sick. Contrastingly, the exercise of spirituality—hope, faith, love—is the prayer of the righteous. The healing prayer is governed by Science instead of personal mortal senses.

James 4:10-12

10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

From 21st Century Science and Health

Our intuitive perception discerns essential facts. Science enables a person to read the human mind, but not as a clairvoyant. Science enables one to heal through Mind, but not as a hypnotist.

The computer doesn’t know what software programs are installed on its hardware. Outer-space isn’t aware of the comets propelling through its atmosphere. The sea is unaware of the oil buried under its waters. Yet this stuff is all there. Do not assume that any mental concept is gone because you do not think of it. The strong impressions produced on human mind by friendships or any intense feelings are lasting, and mind-readers can perceive and reproduce these impressions. The true concept is never lost.

Human mind is the worst enemy of the body, while divine Mind is its best friend.

Luke 15:3, 8-10

So [Jesus] told them this parable:

“[W]hat woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

As the individual ideal of Truth, Christ Jesus came to help us unlearn false teachings and destructive behaviors. The purpose of Jesus’ earthly career was to point out and demonstrate the way of Truth and Life. Jesus showed the difference between the offspring of Soul and of fleshly sense, of Truth and of error.

Some people condemn Christian Science because Science and Health refers to God as Principle. Misleading comments are made such as, “It is therefore important to remember that Eddy never believed in a personal God nor does any true Christian Scientist today.”[4] God doesn’t have a human personality, but is the One Person, reflected uniquely by individual ideas, therefore, a very close personal relationship to Love can be felt. Our personal relationship with Principle is higher and grander than human mortal friendships which are often unreliable, biased, or fragile.

Effective repentance reforms thinking and enables human beings to do the will of wisdom. We feel secure in God’s goodness when we try to demonstrate, even a little bit at a time, the divine Principle of the teachings and practice of the Teacher.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 6th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] Ex. 20:3; Deut. 5:7

[2] Matt. 19:19, 22:39; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; Rom. 13:9; Gal. 5:14; James 2:8

[3] Jefferson, Thomas (1743–1826) Political philosopher. Founding Father. Principal author of Declaration of Independence. The third President of the United States.

[4] Martin, Walter, and Zacharias, Ravi, The Kingdom of the Cults, Revised and Updated and Expanded Edition. Minnesota: Bethany House, 2003.