December 12, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Fluidity

Golden text: Revelation 12:15-16*

 The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood. 16 But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth.

John 6:16-21

 When evening came, [Jesus’] disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

21st Century Science and Health**

If you float on the quiet surface of error and are in sympathy with error, what is there to disturb the waters? What is there to strip off error’s disguise?

If you dare to launch your ship on the ever-agitated but healthful waters of truth, you will encounter storms. The good you do will be spoken of as evil. This is the responsibility. Be accountable. For in answering to Spirit you will win and feel the honor. Stranger on earth, your home is heaven; foreigner, you are the guest of God.

Human-made doctrines are failing, growing weaker in times of trouble. Void of Truth-power, how can human-made theologies illustrate the doctrines of Christ or the miracles of grace? Denial of the possibility of spiritual healing robs Christianity of the very element which gave it divine force and its astonishing and unequalled success in its first century.

The true Logos is demonstrably divine Science, the natural law of harmony which overcomes the pseudo-law of disorder. Science is not supernatural or superhuman, nor is it an infraction of divine law, but is the unchangeable law of God, good, overcoming disorder.

Mark 3:1-12

Again [Jesus] entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, 10 for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 And he strictly ordered them not to make him known.

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Jesus’ reputation differed from his character. Why? Because his divine Principle and practice were misunderstood. Jesus’ words and works were alien to the world’s expectations and contrary to the popular religious views. Mortals believed in God as humanly mighty, rather than as divine infinite Love.

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.

Jesus represented Christ, the true idea of God. The true idea of God causes a battle to flare when up against perfunctory religion and the blindness of popular belief determined to kill the true idea by crucifying the flesh, but spiritual clear-sightedness wins the battle. The Christ-like character takes on greater heights and proves that Truth is the master of dying beliefs. Christ presents the indestructible person, whom Spirit forms, constitutes, and governs. Identifying our self with God, we feel our dominion to overcome worldliness.

The spiritual idea of God as presented by Jesus was scourged in person and its Principle was rejected. Jesus was misinterpreted, even considered a criminal, yet he proved God’s divine power by healing the sick, driving out evils, and spiritualizing consciousness. He also raised the dead—those dead in trespasses and sins, satisfied with the flesh. When resting on the sands of fluxing elements, we are blind to the possibilities of Spirit and its truths.

Body can’t be saved except through Mind. The Science of Christianity is misinterpreted by a material age because brain activity and physical senses can’t comprehend Spirit.

Our moral and spiritual progress is monotonously slow if we constantly bounce back and forth between futile habits and the hope of forgiveness. Selfishness and stupidity cause constant retrogression. We must wake up to Christ’s demand; however, the waking generally causes suffering. We may even feel like we are drowning and struggling to stay above water. Through Christ’s precious love our efforts are rewarded with success.

“Work out your salvation,”[1] is the demand of Life and Love, for to this end God works with you, “Until I come back.”[2] Be patient, and “Let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right.”[3] Don’t go back to error, and don’t become apathetic or offended even though you are trying hard and there are no immediate rewards. The rewards will come.

When the difficult time has passed, you will experience a fullness of the good you have practiced.

Acts 27:5, 14, 27, 39-44

 And when we had sailed across the open sea along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra in Lycia.

14 But soon a tempestuous wind, called the northeaster, struck down from the land.

27 When the fourteenth night had come, as we were being driven across the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing land.

39 Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to run the ship ashore. 40 So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the rudders. Then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach. 41 But striking a reef, they ran the vessel aground. The bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was being broken up by the surf. 42 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape. 43 But the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, 44 and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.

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Adversity teaches human beings not to lean on collapsible crutches. Spiritual development doesn’t come from planting seeds in the dirt of materialist views. Those seeds rot whereas Love nurtures the higher joys of Spirit which have no taint of earth. We forget this when life is fine. But when mortals belch, or the economy goes sour, or people think their partner is boring, the heart is pierced with sadness until we remember that sorrow can be therapeutic, forcing us to enter the domain of spiritual happiness and reliance. God will take care of us as we travel a trajectory unfolding new views of divine goodness and love.

When a relationship is going well, pay attention, otherwise an increasing dependence on one another may yank the rug out from under your feet. If, on the other hand, your relationship is rocky, don’t react, but hope, pray, and wait patiently on divine wisdom to point the way.

Husbands and wives should never separate if there is no Christian demand for it. The logic of events will reveal itself. In those cases, when one spouse is better than the other, then the better spouse is good company for the worse. Author and Pastor, T.D. Jakes, wrote in his book, Let it Go: Forgive so you can be forgiven, “For some marriages shattered by humiliation and public or private disgrace, all they have left is love. Sure it may be cracked by distrust, and the frame has been twisted by the harsh winds of unsuspected secrets. But the core of what matters, the portrait beneath the glass and within the frame, yet remains. Sometimes you don’t know what matters until you have lost all else. Many couples, finally free of secrets and forced by the storm to be totally honest, discover that rebuilding, though tedious and stressful, is yet possible.”[4]

Sorrow has its reward. It leaves us in a different place from where it found us. Unhappiness dissolves if our outlook is expanded and purified. The furnace separates the gold from the dross that the precious metal may be graven with the image of God. It is life-giving to learn the lessons God teaches.

I Peter 3:18-20

 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.

21st Century Science and Health

The miracle of grace is not a miracle to Love. Jesus demonstrated the inability of the human body as well as the infinite ability of Spirit, thereby helping mistaken human consciousness to abandon its own convictions and seek safety in divine Science. Reason, rightly directed, serves to correct the errors of fleshly sense. Sin, sickness, and death will continue to seem real (even as the experiences of the sleeping dream seem real) until the Science of our harmony breaks their illusion with the unbroken reality of scientific being.

What can we believe and accept concerning our individuality? Can we accept the mortal testimony, vulnerable, dying, and deceptive? Or, can we accept the good and real evidence, bearing Truth’s mark and flourishing with spiritual results?

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.

Geology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, cosmology, or biology, do not really explain nature’s patterns and relationships. There is no Scriptural hint that solar light preceded time, but there is an allusion to fluids (Genesis 1:2), tempting human minds to assume fluid energy could be congealed into matter or that thoughts could be restricted to material things.

Light symbolizes Mind, Life, Truth, and Love. Light is not a vitalizing property of matter. Science reveals only one Mind and this one shines by its own light and governs the universe, including spiritual beings, in perfect harmony.

*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] Phil. 2:12

[2] Luke 19:13

[3] Gal. 6:9 (Amplified)

[4] Jakes, T.D.  Let It Go: Forgive so you can be Forgiven, Simon & Schuster, 2002.

December 5, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Festivals

Golden text: Matthew 13:33*

[Jesus] told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”

I Corinthians 5:6-8

 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

21st Century Science and Health**

Divine Science doesn’t get caught up in worldly evidence. If you haven’t advanced past sin yourself, don’t congratulate yourself for being blind to evil or for not living the good you claim to know. A two-faced attitude is far from Christianly scientific. “No one who conceals transgressions will prosper, but one who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”[1] Every student’s mind should be strongly impressed by divine Science; by an exalted awareness of the moral, social, and spiritual qualifications requisite for healing, well knowing it to be impossible for error, evil, and hate to accomplish the grand results of Truth and Love. Pursuing instructions opposite to absolute divine Science will always interrupt scientific demonstration.

If the student stays true to the teachings of Christ’s Science, not daring to break its rules, the person cannot fail to succeed in healing. It is divine Science to do right and nothing short of right-doing has any claim to the name. To talk the right and live the wrong is foolish deceit, doing one’s self the most harm. Captivated by sin yourself, it is difficult to rescue someone else from the prison of disease. If your own wrists are handcuffed it is hard to remove someone else’s handcuffs. A little leaven causes the whole mass to ferment.[2] A grain of divine Science does wonders for human beings, so omnipotent is Truth, but more of Science must be gained in order to continue in well doing.

Doing wrong to other people will react most heavily against yourself. Right adjusts the balance sooner or later. Think it “easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,”[3] than for you to benefit yourself by mistreating others. Your morals confirm your healing ability and fitness to teach. You should practice skillfully the good you know and you will then advance to the extent of your honesty and fidelity—qualities which assure success in this Science. It requires a higher understanding to teach this subject correctly, than it does to heal the most difficult case.

The harmful effect of lousy friendships is less seen than felt. The inoculation of negative human thoughts ought to be understood and guarded against. The first impression made on a mind, whether good or bad, is a capable detective of individual character. Certain minds meet only to separate through simultaneous repulsion. They are enemies without the preliminary offence. The impure are at peace with the impure. Only virtue is a rebuke to vice. A proper teacher of divine Science improves the health and morals of the student if the student practices what is taught, and unless this result follows, the teacher is a Scientist only in name.

There is a large class of thinkers whose excessive prejudice and conceit twist every fact to suit themselves. Their creed teaches belief in a mysterious, supernatural God and a natural, all-powerful devil. Another class, still more unfortunate, are so depraved that they appear to be innocent. They repeat empty talk while looking you placidly in the face, and they never fail to stab their benefactor in the back. A third class of thinkers build with steel beams. They are honest, generous, noble, and open to the approach and recognition of Truth. Teaching Christian Science to this mindset is not a chore. Pure thought does not incline longingly to error, whine over the demands of Truth, nor play the traitor for place and power.

Matthew 16:1-6

And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test [Jesus] they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed. When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

21st Century Science and Health

Jesus warned his disciples to “be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”[4] He defined this yeast as human doctrines or teachings. Jesus’ parable of the “yeast which a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour till it was all leavened,”[5] contains an implication far above the merely ecclesiastical and formal applications of the illustration. It implies the Science of Christ and its spiritual interpretation as mental yeast.

Did this parable have a moral that brings attention to prophecy? Did it foretell the second appearing in the flesh of the Christ, Truth, hidden in sacred secrecy from the visible world?

Ages pass, but this yeast of Truth is always at work. It must destroy the entire mass of error, and so be eternally glorified in spiritual freedom.

Divine Science silences human will, disables fear with Truth and Love, and illustrates the unlabored motion of the divine energy in healing the sick. Self-indulgence, envy, emotionalism, arrogance, hatred, and revenge are dissolved by divine Mind which heals disease. The human will which makes and works a lie, hiding the divine Principle of harmony, is destructive to health and is the cause of disease rather than its cure.

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.”[6] 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.

A thorough examination of my publications has healed sickness. Sometimes the patient’s condition seems to worsen when they read this book. The discomfort may come about because the physician is alarmed or the disease is reaching a crisis point. Perseverance in truth-seeking has generally completely healed such cases.

Whoever practices the Science I teach, through which Mind pours light and healing on this generation, cannot practice from sinister or malicious motives. Dishonesty destroys not only the practitioners power to heal, but also his or her own health. Good must dominate in the thoughts of healers or their demonstrations are prolonged, perilous, and impossible in Science. A wrong motive involves defeat. In the Science of Mind-healing, it is imperative to be honest for victory rests on the side of immutable right. To understand God strengthens hope, advances faith in Truth, and verifies Jesus’ word: “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”[7]

Resisting evil, you overcome it and prove its nothingness. Not human clichés, but divine beatitudes reflect the spiritual light and might which heal the sick. To insist on exercising the human will is to bring on a mesmerized attitude, detrimental to the health and integrity of thought. So, be observant and guard against strong mortal mindedness. Do not protect or cover up iniquity because it only prevents prosperity and the ultimate triumph of any cause. If you are unaware of the error to be eradicated, it will sometimes abuse you.

Evidence drawn from the five physical senses relate to human reason, and human reason dimly reflects and weakly transmits true light. Truth is a revelation.

Psalms 42:1-4

As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”
These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I would go with the throng
and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
a multitude keeping festival.

21st Century Science and Health

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.

Human mind procreates its own phenomena and then credits them to something else—like a kitten glancing into the mirror at itself and thinking it sees another kitten.

The mistake of thinking that either fasting or feasting makes us better morally or physically is one of the fruits of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” concerning which God said, “you must not eat from.”[8] Human mind forms all conditions of the human body and controls the organs, bones, genes, cells, blood, etc., as directly as the determination or will moves the hand to lift a glass of water.

Asceticism can take form in the practice of self-immolation, rigorous abstinence, or extreme religious regiments, none of which guarantee growth in grace or spirituality.

Not materially, but spiritually we know God as divine Mind, as Life, Truth, and Love. We become more respectful and caring as we get to know the divine nature better and love Soul understandingly. The struggle over physicality will be replaced by a rejoicing in the affluence of our God. Religion will then be of the heart and not of the head, and humankind will no longer be tyrannical from lack of love—straining out gnats and swallowing camels.[9]

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.”[10]

*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] Prov. 28:13 (NRSV)

[2] Matt. 13:33; Luke 13:21; I Cor. 5:6; Gal. 5:9

[3] Matt. 19:24; Mark 10:25

[4] Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1

[5] Matt. 13:33; Luke 13:21 (REB)

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

[7] Matt. 28:20

[8] Gen. 2:17

[9] Matt. 23:24

[10] John 4:23

November 28, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Truth

Golden text: Luke 4:24-26*

24 And [Jesus] said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.

I Kings 17:1-7

Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” And the word of the Lord came to him: “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.

21st Century Science and Health**

The breaking up of material beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, deficit and depression, sin, sickness, and death, assuming new phases until their nothingness appears. These disturbances will continue until the end of error when all disorder will be swallowed up in spiritual Truth.

The understanding that the Ego, I AM, is Mind, and that there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to destroy the errors of human sense and to supply the truth of spiritual sense. This understanding makes the body harmonious; it makes the nerves, bones, brain, etc., servants, instead of masters. If humanity is governed by the law of divine Mind, the body is obedient to everlasting Life and Truth and Love. The great mistake of human beings is to suppose that God’s image and likeness is both quantifiable and unquantifiable, both evil and good.

Food affects the body only as fleshly mind has its methods of working, one such method being the belief that proper food supplies nutriment and strength to the human system. Another method is believing we have little or no self-control.

This new-born understanding that neither food nor the stomach, without the consent of human mind, can make us suffer, brings with it another lesson, that self-indulgence, gluttony, or bulimia, are sensual illusions and can’t give satisfaction. These phantasms disappear as we better understand our spiritual existence and walk the line of a balanced life.

The human mind’s methods for health never gets it right, whereas Truth regenerates this fleshly mind and feeds thought with the bread of Life.

Consciousness in the likeness of Truth is inevitably immortal. The grass withers and the flower fades, however, they reappear. Erase the figures which express numbers, silence the tones of music, give human persons to bacteria, and yet the producing, governing divine Principle lives on, in the case of people as truly as in the case of numbers and music. All this is true despite the laws of human mind which define people as mortal. Although limited perspectives hide the harmony of Science, they can’t destroy the divine Principle of Science. In Science, our indestructibility depends upon God, good, and follows as a necessary consequence of the immortality of good.

I Kings 17:8-16

 Then the word of the Lord came to [Elijah], “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12 And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” 15 And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.

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It is most beneficial to become more familiar with good than with evil. We can guard against false beliefs as diligently as we bolt our doors against the approach of thieves and murderers. We should love our enemies and help them on the basis of the Golden Rule, “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”[1] Avoid throwing “your pearls to pigs,”[2] because if you do everyone loses out.

Spiritual involvement heals, while material attachment interferes with truth. Ritualism and creed stifle spirituality. If we trust materiality, we distrust Spirit.

Obedience to truth gives us power and strength.

The bread or truth, is explained or broken, and shared with others, to feed, sustain, and comfort.

Most of us have met someone considered old but very much young in thought and action. Many are interviewed and questioned. Are they lucky? Is it their genes? Is it the food they eat? Maybe or maybe not, however, they usually always attribute their longevity to a positive and loving attitude. They have an awareness of good-will and ongoing life—not an awareness of stages with beginnings and endings.

Oil. Dedication; altruism; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration.

I Kings 17:17-24

 After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill. And his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. 18 And she said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!” 19 And he said to her, “Give me your son.” And he took him from her arms and carried him up into the upper chamber where he lodged, and laid him on his own bed. 20 And he cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by killing her son?” 21 Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this child’s life come into him again.” 22 And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived. 23 And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper chamber into the house and delivered him to his mother. And Elijah said, “See, your son lives.” 24 And the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”

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We are taught that mortals come from cells. Expert scientists admit this, but add that human beings have evolved through all the lower grades of cell organization. Physical evolution describes the evolving stages of human thinking, but it does not acknowledge the method of divine Mind, it does not see that material methods are impossible in Science, it does not admit that all Science is of God, not of human beings.

Naturalists ask: “How does DNA control all of life’s developments?” The question amounts to this: How can matter originate or transmit mind? We answer that it can’t. Naturalists also say that the physical seed must decay in order to propagate its species, while the resulting seed is doomed to the same routine. Darkness and doubt surround thought as long as it bases creation on physics, biology, time, or space. From a human standpoint, “Can you fathom the mysteries of God?”[3] Everything must be unchangeable Mind, or else everything must be changeable matter. Neither can produce the other. Mind is immortal.

No one knows if the first chicken was created as a chicken or if it came from an egg. What about the beginning of the universe? Did the big bang blow life into being? If so, who or what produced the big bang? Idolatrous philosophies, modern geology, synthetic biology, and all other material hypotheses deal with causation as contingent on human minds, material energy, or time. Cause is also treated as necessarily apparent to the physical senses, even when the evidence to sustain their assumptions goes undiscovered. Mortal theories make friends of sin, sickness, and death; whereas the spiritual scientific facts of existence include no aspect of that depressing trio.

Human experience in mortal life starts from a cell and corresponds with that of Job, when he says, “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.”[4] Mortals must break out of this mental cycle of thinking that material life is all-in-all. They must think outside of the box with divine Science and look to the infinite cosmos. Be aware though, that thought which escapes the box and has not yet been instructed by the Science of Truth and Love, may become wild with freedom and so be self-contradictory.

Jesus foresaw that the Science of Truth would be disregarded before it was understood. His foreknowing wasn’t an obstacle. He completed his God-mission and then sat down at the right hand of God. Jesus’ apostles still went about, moving from city to city doing good deeds although they were envied, hated, and stoned. Jesus’s teachings were scoffed by religious elders because the teachings demanded more than the officials were willing to practice.

At certain times, we see spirituality again demonstrating the power of divine Principle, as it did over twenty centuries ago, by healing the sick. Jesus never taught that drugs, food, air, and exercise could make people healthy. Jesus also didn’t teach or practice that drugs, food, air, and exercise could destroy human life. Harmony is assigned to Mind, not to divisible energy.

Children. The spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love.

God is individual and personal in a scientific sense, but not in any anthropomorphic sense. God’s children can’t lose their individuality. We lose sight of our spiritual individuality because of limited perceptions and the blinding belief that soul is in the body. Human personality is myth; it is not the reflection or likeness of Spirit. To think that flesh can tell us how to feel is not bliss, but bondage. For true happiness, man and woman must harmonize with Principle, and the child must synchronize with the Father-Mother and be in conformity with Christ. According to divine Science, person is as complete as the Mind that forms. The truth of spiritual existence makes us harmonious and fulfilled. The error of material existence makes us discordant and unfulfilled.

God, the divine Principle of our spirituality, and person in Mind’s likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and undying. God is the parent Mind, and God’s children are spiritual offspring.

Eternal Truth is changing the universe and physical forces are trying to keep up. Don’t be impressed by views that support physical forces. Instead, experience spiritual thought expanding into expression. “Let there be light,”[5] is the perpetual demand of Truth and Love, changing chaos into order and discord into the music of the spheres.[6]

*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] Matt. 7:12

[2] Matt. 7:6

[3] Job 11:7

[4] Job 14:1

[5] Gen. 1:3

[6] Music of the spheres is a concept frequently credited to Greek philosopher Pythagoras (569 B.C.– approximately 500 B.C.

November 21, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Thanksgiving

Golden text: Psalms 51:14*

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High.

Matthew 14:14-21

When [Jesus] went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

21st Century Science and Health**

Physical laws would counteract the supremacy of Spirit and contradict the wisdom of the creator. There is no counteraction in Spirit. God never ordained a mortal law to annul the spiritual law. Jesus walked on the waves, fed the multitude, healed the sick, and raised the dead in direct opposition to mortal, physical laws. His acts were the demonstration of Science, overcoming the false claims of material law.

I knew a person who when quite a child adopted a whole wheat and vegetarian diet to cure indigestion. For many years, he ate only bread and vegetables and drank nothing but water. His dyspepsia increasing, he decided that his diet should be more rigid. So, he ate only one meal every twenty-four hours, a meal consisting of only a thin slice of bread. His physician recommended that he should not moisten his parched throat until three hours after eating. The person passed many weary years in hunger and weakness, almost in starvation. The skill of the doctors was exhausted and they kindly informed him that death was indeed his only alternative, so he finally made up his mind to die. Then divine Science saved him and his health was restored without a reminder of the old complaint.

This person learned that suffering and disease were the self-imposed beliefs of mortals and not the facts of being. He recognized that God never decreed dis-ease—never ordained a law that fasting should be a means of health. Hence semi-starvation is not acceptable to wisdom and is equally far from Science, in which being is sustained by God, Mind. These truths opened the sufferer’s eyes, relieved his stomach, and he ate without suffering, “giving God thanks.” Disciplined by self-denial and divine Science, he never enjoyed his food as he imagined he would back in the day when he was constantly hungry.

This new-born understanding that neither food nor the stomach, without the consent of human mind, can make us suffer, brings with it another lesson, that self-indulgence, gluttony, or bulimia, are sensual illusions and can’t give satisfaction. These phantasms disappear as we better understand our spiritual existence and walk the line of a balanced life.

Food affects the body only as fleshly mind has its methods of working, one such method being the belief that proper food supplies nutriment and strength to the human system. Another method is believing we have little or no self-control. The human mind’s methods for health never gets it right, whereas Truth regenerates this fleshly mind and feeds thought with the bread of Life.

Food has less power to help or to hurt us after our thought has transformed to the spiritual. Without the consent of human mind, food and the stomach can’t make you suffer. It is human deception to believe you must eat if you feel hungry. It is another deception to believe purging food will help you stay thin. As for the person mentioned above, taking less thought about what he ought to eat or drink, and consulting the stomach less and God more about the best way to live, he recovered strength and flesh rapidly. All those years, he had been kept alive but wasn’t living. After dropping drugs and his routine of severe dieting, he gave his attention to spiritual health, acted on mental improvement, and was well.

This person also learned that an afflicted person is nowhere close to being the image and likeness of God—nowhere close to being able to “rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground,”[1] especially if eating a bit of animal flesh could overpower him. He finally concluded that God never made indigestion, while fear, diet, physiology, and physics did—contrary to God’s order.

In seeking a cure for digestive and food related problems, don’t consult the ever-changing body.

The human mind has an absolute need of something beyond itself for redemption and healing, and gratefully we are spiritual.

Great respect is due to the motives and philanthropy of the higher class of scientists and physicians. As they understand the Science of Mind-healing and its power to benefit all people, physically and spiritually, they will rejoice with us. Even this one reform in medicine would ultimately deliver humankind from the awful and oppressive burdens now enforced by false theories, and from which multitudes would gladly escape.

Psalms 147:1-7

Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.
The Lord lifts up the humble;
he casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre!

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Once it is realized that disorder is illusory, a new perspective comes into light and objects and thoughts are presented as beautiful and substantial. Harmony in us is as real and immortal as in music. Discord is unreal and mortal.

Rhythm is not controlled by musical notes. Numbers don’t regulate the rules of mathematics. Numbers did not originate mathematics, but is manifested through mathematics. In Science, individuals did not originate intelligence, but are manifested through intelligence. The appearance that there is intelligence or soul inside person has no relation to the Life reality.

Science depicts disease as matter versus Mind. Place Mind as all, and the facts of health are witnessed. To forecast your future according to the world infringes on spiritual law and misguides hopes. We are sustained under all circumstances only as we have faith in the divine Principle of health and as we spiritually understand God. The ordinary appeal to have faith in the world’s ways and means must yield to faith in the all-might of infinite Spirit.

Appreciation is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech. In some cases, there is a tendency to thank God for all our blessings, yet not really be grateful for Life, Truth, and Love. Don’t be a hypocrite! You can’t hide the ingratitude of a barren, superficial life.

We, and our Maker have an unbreakable relationship in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.

Philippians 4:4-6

 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

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A logic based on spirituality improves thought, takes a step out of error and encourages the next step in understanding the situation in divine Science.

Human belief is a liar from the beginning, not deserving power. It says to human beings, “You are disgusting!” and they think they are. Nothing can change this state until the mindset changes. Mortal belief says, “You are happy!” and human beings think so. No circumstance can alter the situation until the thinking on the subject changes. Human belief says to mortals, “You are sick!” and this assertion manifests itself on the body as sickness. A change in either a health-belief or a sick-belief affects the physical condition. Bear in mind, it is as necessary for a health-illusion, as for an illusion of sickness, to be instructed out of itself into the spiritual understanding of what constitutes health.

The acquisition and retention of false beliefs are destroyed by truth. Change the evidence to improve the human consciousness and that which before seemed real to false belief will disappear. As we attain the reality of spiritual evidence, we find our immortality. The only fact concerning any human belief is that it is neither scientific nor eternal but is exposed to unrest and mutation.

Faith is substantial and more advanced than belief. Faith is a chrysalis state of human thought in which metaphysical evidence, contradicting the testimony of physical senses, begins to appear, and Truth, the ever-present, becomes understood. Human thoughts have their degrees of comparison. Some thoughts are better than others. A belief in Truth is better than a belief in error, but no mortal belief is founded on the divine rock. Mortal testimony can be shaken. Until belief becomes faith, and faith becomes spiritual understanding, human thought has only a marginal connection to the actual or divine.

We should remember that Life is God and that God is omnipotent. To forget that God is our Life can unconsciously enable suffering. Not understanding divine Science, the sick usually have little faith in it until they feel its altruistic influence. This shows that faith is not the healer in such cases. Instead of admitting the reality of afflictions, deny them any reality. Contradict suffering. We should stand up against the testimony of the deceitful senses, while maintaining our spirituality and ongoing likeness to God.

Christ Jesus was an excellent example. Like him, the healer should speak to disease as having authority over it, leaving Soul to prevail over the false evidence of the physical senses and to assert Spirit’s claims over mortality and disease. The same Principle cures both sin and sickness. When divine Science overcomes faith in a fleshly mind; and faith in God destroys all faith in mortal thinking and methods of healing, then sin, disease, and loss will disappear.

Prayers, in which God is not asked to heal but is asked to take the patient to Himself, do not benefit the sick. An ill-tempered, complaining, or deceitful person should not be a nurse. Health practitioners should be happy, orderly, conscientious, patient, full of faith—receptive to Truth and Love.

We can expect to receive enlightenment as a result of Christ in action. The Christ-spirit comes now as of old, preaching the good news to receptive minds, healing the sick, and destroying that which violates our dignity. Can materiality, human intellect, or any human invention, restore the essential element of spirituality—namely, apostolic, divine healing? No, the Science of Christ is restoring it and is the light shining in darkness, a darkness that does not overcome the light.

The intuitive sense of Mind-power reinforces the glory of Mind. Nearness, not distance, lends delight to this view.

*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] Gen. 1:28

November 14, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Science of Being

Golden text: Proverbs 16:17*

The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life.

Judges 5:6-9

“In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath,
in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned,
and travelers kept to the byways.
The villagers ceased in Israel;
they ceased to be until I arose;
I, Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel.
When new gods were chosen,
then war was in the gates.
Was shield or spear to be seen
among forty thousand in Israel?
My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel
who offered themselves willingly among the people.
Bless the Lord.

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What the physical senses tell us often reverses or rearranges the real Science of being and assigns seeming authority to sin, sickness, and death. But the great facts of Life rightly understood, defeat this triad of errors, contradict their false witnesses, and reveal the power of heaven—the actual authority of harmony on earth. The demonstrations of Jesus exposed pragmatically the pattern of harmony. So why are we trained to believe that the human mind is secondary to mortal body and that certain sections of matter, such as brain and nerves, are put in charge of pain and pleasure? Material elements can’t report to mind the status of happiness or misery.

Any conclusion pro or con, deduced from mortal consciousness leads to legitimizing the testimony of physical senses and disease. But we can reverse the testimony of physical senses.

There are many proofs of the illusion of physical sense. For example, when driving on the highway, the paved road ahead sometimes appears to be covered with water. The barometer points to fair weather during drenching rain. What about the body? Physical senses tell us the body is solid, but the body isn’t solid. Cosmic rays, neutrinos, radio and TV waves are zinging through the body as if it is transparent. These examples of illusive appearances could go on. Life teaches us to correct what physical senses and human imprints claim as fact.

NASA changed the world view when launching into outer space. Setbacks happened, but courage set the precedence. Technology is also changing our world views. What’s happening? We are outgrowing philosophies based on what physical senses say. The physical law of gravity can’t define us. Exploration, thought expansion, bravery, invention, and open-mindedness, continues.

Albert Einstein[1] recognized and made public the general theory of relativity. Time, space, and mass are relative, or in other words uncertain, but since they’ve been better identified, facts are more correctly studied and scientific corrections and modifications continue.

According to both medical knowledge and individual experience, a drug may eventually lose its power and do no more for patients. Diseases become drug resistant. Feel-good concoctions fail to inspire the unsuspecting minds, and patients cease to improve. These lessons are useful. They should naturally and genuinely change our basis from physical science to divine Science, from error to Truth, from human mind to Mind.

Here are four serious mistakes: Supposing that sin is forgiven before the sin is abandoned; that happiness is genuine when connected to sin; that death of the body frees us from anything unspiritual; and that God will forgive a sin without destroying it.

The moral and spiritual facts of health whispered into thought, produce very direct and marked effects on the body. It stands to reason that a physical diagnosis of disease tends to induce disease, since both diagnosis and disease are in human mind.

Proverbs 26:9-16

Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard
is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10 Like an archer who wounds everyone
is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.
11 Like a dog that returns to his vomit
is a fool who repeats his folly.
12 Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!
There is a lion in the streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
so does a sluggard on his bed.
15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.
16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven men who can answer sensibly.

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If human beings would properly guard against human mind, the brood of evils which infest it would be cleared out. We must begin with the human mind and empty out its negativity and self-delusion, or negativity and self-delusion will never cease. The conventional human systems disappoint the weary searcher who is looking for a divine theology, a theology adequate to teach above human theology.

Simply asking that we may love God will never make us love Spirit. Each day we must express spiritual awareness, and persevere to align our thoughts and actions with the divine character. Then we are made new, until we wake in Love’s likeness. The Science of Christianity is experienced while we mirror the divine nature, but in a wicked world goodness will “be spoken of as evil.”[2]

Audible prayers can never do the works of spiritual understanding. Spiritual understanding regenerates. Awareness, silent heartfelt prayers, and sincere obedience to divine Love clear the road for us to follow Jesus’ example. Wordy prayers, superstition, and dogma, interrupt the communications of Love and disguise religion in human forms. Whatever defaces worship is an obstacle to spiritual progress and keeps us from demonstrating our power over error.

Spiritual Science presents unfoldment, not accumulation. Mind-science presents revelation, not big bang. There is no growth from material molecule to mind. Creation is the impartation of divine Mind. As human generation ceases, the unbroken links of eternal harmonious being will be discerned and person, not of the mortal flesh, but coexistent with God, will appear.

Luke 14:12-14

[Jesus] said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

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Any dishonesty in your theory and practice betrays a gross unawareness of the method of the Truth-cure. Science makes no concessions to persons or opinions. We must live in the morale of truth or we cannot illustrate the divine Principle. So long as fluctuating substance is the basis of practice, illness cannot be efficaciously treated by the divine mental process. Truth does the work and you must both understand and live up to the divine Principle of your demonstration.

Teaching or practicing in the name of Truth, but contrary to its spirit or rule, is most dangerous quackery. Strict adherence to the divine Principle and rules of the scientific method has secured the only success of the students of divine Science. Only this on-going integrity is worthy of prominence in the community, worthy of a reputation experimentally justified by the people’s efforts. People who affirm that there is more than one Principle and method of demonstrating divine Science are mistaken, whether they do so ignorantly or intentionally. Whoever believes in more than one Principle, automatically separate themselves from the true conception of spiritual scientific healing and its possible manifestation.

Luke 14:15-24

When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 But [Jesus] said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. 17 And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ 20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ 23 And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”

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The body may object to the attitude that pays little attention to food. The sinner squirms when seeing that the system taught in this book requires obedience to the demands of God. The narrow-minded intellect rankles by the constant need to be responsible to infinite Mind. The licentious disposition is discouraged over its meager spiritual prospects. When the people are invited to the wedding banquet, the excuses come. One person has a machine to fix, others have errands to run or businesses to attend,[3] and therefore they can’t approve and accept.

It is vain to speak of divine Science dishonestly when you can demonstrate the realness of Science by destroying disorder. It is unwise to doubt if reality is in perfect harmony with God, divine Principle.

Science, when understood and demonstrated, will destroy disorder. From the premise that God is omnipotent, comes the conclusion that good has all-power. Divine Science, properly understood, disengages material beliefs from the human mind. However, to make room for truth, you must reject and remove beliefs that war against spiritual facts. You can’t add to a glass already full. The minds filled with faith in physical regiments or societal castes, make it difficult to inculcate a grain of faith in God or an inkling of Spirit’s ability to make the body harmonious.

Study metaphysics and look deep into realism, instead of only accepting the superficial, illusive sense of things. Be elevated in thought in every situation. Can we gather peaches from a pine tree or learn from disorder the order of being? Continue to recognize the nothingness of illusions—stay on the path Science is walking—and the ingrained illusions of human beings will be replaced with reality.

Millions of unprejudiced minds are waiting and looking for rest and drink. They are simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers thirsty in the desert.

We must be willing to surrender mortal thoughts that we may walk securely on the only practical road to immortality.

*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] Albert Einstein, (1879–1955) German-American physicist.

[2] Rom. 14:16

[3] Matt. 22:5; Luke 14:18–19

November 7, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Confirm Spirit

Golden text: Psalms 119:105-107*

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 106 I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules. 107 I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!

I Timothy 6:11, 20-21

Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” 21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.

21st Century Science and Health**

The pursuit of understanding through physical means creates contradictions.

The self-contradictory belief that Spirit is finite as well as infinite has darkened all history. In divine Science, Spirit, as a proper noun, is the name of the Supreme Being. It means quantity and quality, and applies exclusively to God. The modifying derivatives of the word spirit refer only to quality, not to God. We are not God, Spirit, but are spiritual.

Christian Science is sometimes disapproved of because it claims God as the only absolute Life and Soul, and person to be God’s idea—that is, Spirit’s image. However, Scriptures confirm the claim, saying that God created “man” (a generic term for person given in many Bible versions), “in our image, in our likeness.”[1] Is it sacrilegious to theorize that God’s likeness is not found in fleshly beings, sinful, sick, and dying? In reality, the person referred to as God’s image represents the normal, healthful, and sinless condition of individuals in divine Science.

Were it more fully understood that Truth heals and error causes disease, maybe opponents of a demonstrable Science would mercifully withhold their harmful misrepresentations.

Question. What is error?

Answer. Error is the claim that pleasure, pain, intelligence, substance, and life, are existent in what we call matter, human mortal mind or body. Error is not Mind and is not one of Mind’s forces. Error is the contradiction of Truth. Error is a belief without understanding. Error is unreal because untrue. Error is that which seems to be and is not. If error were true, its truth would be error and we should have a self-evident absurdity—namely, erroneous truth. If an erroneous truth was real, there would be no such thing as Truth.

Human mind. Mortal mind; nothing claiming to be something, for Mind is immortal; mythology; error generating other errors; a suppositional material perception, alias the belief that sensation is in matter, whereas matter is sensation-less; the unreliable conviction that life, substance, and intelligence are in and of measurable divisible energy; that which contradicts Spirit, and therefore contradicts God, good; a false perception that life has a beginning and therefore an end; the limited knowledge that person is the offspring of human beings; the thinking that there can be more than one creator; idolatry; the subjective states of error; speculative perceptions; that which neither exists in Science nor can be recognized by spiritual sense; sin; sickness; death.

Human thought must obtain a better basis, get nearer the truth of being, or health will never be universal, and harmony will never become the standard. A clearer consciousness must precede an understanding of the harmony of being

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.

Matter. Localized forces; mindlessness; mythology; mortality; another name for human mortal mind; illusion; life resulting in death, and death in life; sensation in the insensitive; mind originating from dust; the reverse of Truth; the contradiction of Spirit; negative attitudes; the opposite of God; that of which immortal Mind takes no cognizance; that which human mind sees, feels, hears, tastes, and smells only in belief.

The word belief, translated from the Hebrew and Greek differs somewhat in meaning from the English verb believe. The biblical word believe is defined as: to be faithful, trustworthy, reliable, firm, entrusted. It’s significant to keep this discrepancy in mind when reading Scripture, otherwise it may appear as though Scripture is approving and endorsing a belief system, when it actually is enforcing the necessity of understanding.

Faith, not advanced to understanding, can cooperate with the trained thinking that time and medication produce a healing effect. The result relieves fear and changes the experience of disease to an experience of health. Blind faith removes bodily ailments for a season. Hypnotism changes one problem into new and more difficult forms of problems. The Science of Mind must come to the rescue and work a radical cure, and we then understand the process. The great fact remains that evil is not mind. Evil has no power, no intelligence, for God is good and therefore good is limitless, is All.

Genuine faith relies on an understood Principle. An understood Principle releases people from problems, and reveals the self-perpetuating and harmonious phases of everything. These teachings are confirmed by healing. When, on the strength of these instructions, you are able to banish a severe illness, the cure shows that you understand this teaching and therefore you receive the blessing of Truth.

The habitual struggle to improve continually is unceasing prayer.[2] Its motives are manifest in blessings, even if not acknowledge in audible words, they confirm our worthiness to experience divine Love.

Luke 10:21-35

In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

23 Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.

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Repression, torture, dictatorship, intolerance, and bloodshed, wherever found, arise from the belief that the infinite is formed after the paradigm of human personalities, passions, and urges. Nations owe their untrustworthy governments to their prevalent misconceptions of God.

The tribal Yahweh was a man-projected God, liable to wrath, repentance, and human moodiness. The Christian Science God is unchanging, universal, eternal, divine Love, a God who does not cause evil, disease or death.

The progress of truth confirms its claims and Jesus confirmed his words by his works. His healing power evoked denial, ingratitude, and betrayal, arising from an ignorance of spiritual being.

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.

Acts 13:44-47

The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him. 46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

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Does Deity help one worshipper but not another, even if they offer the same measure of prayer? In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may profit from God, as “ready to help when we need him.”[3] Love is impartial and universal in its spiritualization and generosity. The sick can recover when they pray, or are prayed for. The infinite Source calls out, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters.”[4]

When being is understood, Life will be recognized as not material or finite but as infinite—as God, universal good—and the belief that life or mind was ever in a finite form, or that good is in evil, will vanish. Then it will be understood that Spirit never entered matter and therefore never came from unconscious elements. When advanced to spiritual being and the understanding of God, we can no longer commune with limited conditions or return to an outgrown state, just as a frog can’t return to a tadpole. Spiritual advancement matures into the already established view of individual consciousness, characterized by the divine Spirit as idea, not a physical unit.

Question. What are the requirements of the Science of Soul?

Answer. The first requirement of this Science is, “You shall have no other gods before me.”[5] 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”[6] is like the first.

*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] Gen. 1:26

[2] 1 Thess. 5:17

[3] Ps. 46:1 (NASB)

[4] Isa. 55:1

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

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

October 31, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Appeal to Spirit

Golden text: James 1:12*

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Mark 13:3-13

 And as [Jesus] sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

21st Century Science and Health**

Suppose a mental case to be on trial, as cases are tried in court. A man is charged with having committed liver disease [while taking care of a sick friend]. The patient feels ill, ruminates, and the trial commences. Physical Sensation is the plaintiff. Human Being is the defendant. False Belief is the attorney for Physical Sensation. Human Mortal Minds, Materia Medica, Anatomy, Psychotherapy, Physiology, Hypnotism, Envy, Greed and Ingratitude, constitute the jury. The court-room is filled with curious spectators and Judge Medicine is on the bench.

The evidence for the prosecution being called for, a witness testifies thus:

I am Death. I was called for shortly after the report of the crime by the officer of the Board of Health. The officer alleged that the prisoner had abused him and that my presence was required to confirm his testimony. One of the prisoner’s friends, Materia Medica, was present when I arrived, endeavoring to assist the prisoner to escape from the hands of justice, alias the Rule of Death. However, my appearance with a message from the Board of Health changed the purpose of Materia Medica, and it was decided at once that the prisoner should die.

 

In compliance with a stern duty, his Honor Judge Medicine, urges the jury not to allow their judgment to be warped by the irrational, unchristian suggestions of Christian Science. The jury must regard in such cases only the evidence of Physical Sensation against Human being.

The case is given to the jury. A brief consultation ensues, and the jury returns a verdict of “Guilty of liver disease in the first degree.”

Ah! But Christ, Truth, the spirit of Life and the friend of Human Being, can open wide those prison doors and set the captive free. Swift on the wings of divine Love, there comes an appeal: “Delay the execution; the prisoner is not guilty.” Consternation fills the prison-yard. Some exclaim, “It is contrary to law and justice.” Others say, “The law of Christ supersedes our laws; let us follow Christ.”

Galatians 4:12-19

You did me no wrong. 13 You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first, 14 and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. 15 What then has become of your blessedness? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth? 17 They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them. 18 It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you, 19 my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!

21st Century Science and Health

Christian Science turned from the humiliated witnesses, words flashing as lightning in the perturbed faces of these worthies, Scholastic Theology, Materia Medica, Physiology, blind Hypnotism, and the disguised Physical Sensation, and said:

God will smite you, O whited walls, for injuring in your ignorance the unfortunate Human Being who sought your aid in his struggles against liver disease and death. You came to his rescue only to fasten upon him an offence of which he was innocent. You aided and abetted Fear and Health-laws. You betrayed Human Being, meanwhile declaring Disease to be God’s servant and the righteous executor of spiritual laws.

Your Material Court of Errors, when it condemned Human Being on the ground of not following the health rules, was manipulated by the suave scheming of the counsel, False Belief, whom Truth arraigns before the supreme bar of Spirit to answer for his crime. Morbid Secretion is taught how to make sleep befool reason before sacrificing mortals to their false gods.

Human Minds were deceived by your attorney, False Belief, and were influenced to give a verdict delivering Human Being to Death. Good deeds are transformed into crimes, to which you attach penalties; but no warping of justice can render disobedience to the so-called laws of Mindless Matter as disobedience to God, or an act of homicide. Even penal law holds homicide under stress of circumstances, to be justifiable. Now what greater justification can any deed have than for the good of one’s neighbor? Wherefore, then, in the name of outraged justice, do you sentence Human Being for ministering to the wants of his neighbor in obedience to divine law? You cannot trample on the decree of the Supreme Bench. Human Being has his appeal to Spirit, God, who sentences only for sin.

The false and unjust reasoning of your human mental legislators compel them to enact wicked laws of sickness and so forth, and then render obedience to these laws punishable as crime. In the presence of the Supreme Lawgiver, standing at the bar of Truth and in accordance with the divine statutes, I repudiate the false testimony of Physical Sensation. I ask that he be forbidden to enter against Human Being any more suits to be tried at the Court of Material Error. I appeal to the just and equitable decisions of divine Spirit to restore to Human Being the rights of which he has been deprived.

Psalms 77:5-14

I consider the days of old,
the years long ago.
I said, “Let me remember my song in the night;
let me meditate in my heart.”
Then my spirit made a diligent search:
“Will the Lord spurn forever,
and never again be favorable?
Has his steadfast love forever ceased?
Are his promises at an end for all time?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah

10 Then I said, “I will appeal to this,
to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”

11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
12 I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
14 You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among the peoples.

21st Century Science and Health

Here, the counsel for the defense closed and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, with benign and imposing presence, comprehending and defining all law and evidence, explained from his statue-book, the Bible, that any so-called law which undertakes to punish anything but sin is null and void.

 

Truth cannot be reversed, but the reverse of error is true. An improved conviction cannot retrograde. When Christ, Truth, changes a human mortal conviction of sin or sickness into a better conviction, then thought melts into spiritual understanding and sin, disease, and fear disappear. Truth, Love, gives human beings temporary food and clothing until the temporal, transformed with the ideal, disappears, and we are clothed and fed spiritually.

The demands of God appeal to thought only; but the claims of mortality and what are termed laws of nature, appertain to thoughtless matter. Which, then, are we to accept as legitimate and capable of producing the highest human good? We cannot obey both biology and Spirit. We pay attention to one or the other. It is impossible to work from two standpoints. If we attempt it, we will, “be devoted to the one and despise the other.”[1]

The theories of human beings are antagonistic to Science and cannot mix with it. This is clear to those who heal the sick on the basis of divine Science.

Mind’s government of the body must supersede the laws set down in human minds.

The conservative theory embedded into society’s belief system, is that there are two factors, the measurable and the immeasurable, uniting on some impossible basis. This theory would keep error and truth always at war without a victory for either side. But divine Science shows Truth triumphant. We no longer contradict the heliocentric theory of the solar system, even though earth appears stationary and even though the physical senses don’t want to admit they are wrong. What does this tell us? All the evidence and knowledge obtained from physical senses must yield to Science, to the immortal truth of all things.

The notion that mind and matter can mix in the human illusion of sin, sickness, and death must eventually submit to the Science of Mind which denies the notion. God is Mind, and God is infinite; and so all is Mind. On this statement rests the Science of being, and the Principle of this Science is divine, demonstrating harmony and spirituality.

To enter the realm of Spirit, our anchor of hope must be thrown past the veil of matter into the Shekinah that Jesus showed us. This advance beyond superficial thinking comes through the joys and triumphs of the righteous as well as through their sorrows and afflictions. We must leave mortal impressions of fleshly being and advance into immortal impressions of spiritual being.

*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] Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:13