October 29, 2014

bible study imageOctober 8 2014

Subject: Creationism versus evolution

Golden text: Rom. 8:19 (New International Version NIV)*

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

Gen 1:1-3

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

Gen 2:1-3, 7, 15, 25

2 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

I Cor. 15:22

22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Did the big bang blow life into being? If so, who or what produced the big bang?

The Scriptures are sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained. The true theory of the universe, including person, is not in material history but in spiritual development. Mental evolution, or ascension, inspires thought to expand to a higher awareness and relinquish a changeable, superficial, mortal theory of the universe. The spiritual and immortal are then adopted through metaphysical improvement.

Genesis. 2:1. Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

Science reveals infinity and the fatherhood and motherhood of Love, therefore, the ideas of God in universal being are complete and forever expressed. Human ability is slow to perceive and realize God’s creation and the divine power and presence which go with it (demonstrating its spiritual origin). Mortals can never know the infinite until they throw off the old self and reach the spiritual image and likeness.

Adam, represented in the Scriptures as formed from dust, is a case in point for the human mind. The physical senses, like Adam, originate in matter and return to dust. They are proved non-intelligent. Limited senses go out as they came in, for they are still the error, not the truth of being. When it is learned that the spiritual sense, and not the material, conveys the impressions of Mind, then Being will be understood and found to be harmonious.

Gen 17:1-7

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Nothing but Spirit, Soul, can evolve Life, for Spirit is more than all else. Because Soul is immortal, it does not exist in mortality. Soul must be bodiless to be Spirit, for Spirit is not circumscribed. Only by losing the false sense of Soul can we gain the eternal unfolding of Life as immortality brought to light.

It is generally agreed upon that God is Father, eternal, self-created, infinite. If this is true, the forever Father must have had children prior to Adam. There is no linear life cycle that begins with Adam. We coexist with God. The great, I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE[1] made all “that has been made.”[2]

Matt. 3:1-2, 7-9

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

John 8:31-43

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.”

39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered.

“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did. 40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. 41 You are doing the works of your own father.”

“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”

42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.

From 21st Century Science and Health

If we ever were material beings, we must have passed through all the forms of matter in order to be where we are. If the material body is person, we are a part of dirt. On the contrary, our true self is the image and likeness of Spirit.

Insisting that human beings went through a chain of development from a single-celled organism to a monkey to a person is unproductive.

The chain of a material evolution is a conundrum. If we came from a single-celled organism, why aren’t all single-celled organisms human beings? Why do we still have monkeys? Did the chain of material evolution break at some point? Spirit can’t form a link in a supposed 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.

Dan. 4: 28-35

28 All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”

31 Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. 32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.”

33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.

34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.

His dominion is an eternal dominion;
his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
35 All the peoples of the earth
are regarded as nothing.
He does as he pleases
with the powers of heaven
and the peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back his hand
or say to him: “What have you done?”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Contradictions are found in both the theories of creationism (Intelligent Design) and evolution. James Watson, in his book, DNA: The Secret of Life, wrote, “There are those who will continue to believe humans are creations of God, whose will we must serve, while others will continue to embrace the empirical evidence indicating that humans are the product of many millions of generations of evolutionary change.” [3] However, the First Cause did not create something out of nothing, did not create human fleshly beings that must serve a super-humanlike God. Mortal humanity is not the real identity of people. Also, the First Cause did not become changeable only to pass through temporal phases before returning to nothingness. Spirit and spiritual being is reality, is the unified theory.

The manifestation of God through human beings is as light passing through the window. The light and the glass never mingle, but as matter, the glass is less opaque than the walls. The human mind through which Truth appears most vividly is that one which has lost much materiality—much error—in order to become a better transparency for Truth. Then, like a cloud melting into thin vapor, it no longer hides the sun.

THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.. Text from 21st Century Science and Health, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] Ex. 3:14

[2] John 1:3

[3] Watson, James, DNA: The Secret of Life. (Alfred Knoff, Distributed by Random House, New York: 2003)

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