December 10, 2014

bible study imageSubject: Divine Mind versus human mind

Golden Text: Numbers 23:19 (New International Version)*

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind.

II Chronicles 30:1-12

Hezekiah sent word to all Israel and Judah and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, inviting them to come to the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel. The king and his officials and the whole assembly in Jerusalem decided to celebrate the Passover in the second month. They had not been able to celebrate it at the regular time because not enough priests had consecrated themselves and the people had not assembled in Jerusalem. The plan seemed right both to the king and to the whole assembly. They decided to send a proclamation throughout Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, calling the people to come to Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel. It had not been celebrated in large numbers according to what was written.

At the king’s command, couriers went throughout Israel and Judah with letters from the king and from his officials, which read:

“People of Israel, return to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, that he may return to you who are left, who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria. Do not be like your parents and your fellow Israelites, who were unfaithful to the Lord, the God of their ancestors, so that he made them an object of horror, as you see. Do not be stiff-necked, as your ancestors were; submit to the Lord. Come to his sanctuary, which he has consecrated forever. Serve the Lord your God, so that his fierce anger will turn away from you. If you return to the Lord, then your fellow Israelites and your children will be shown compassion by their captors and will return to this land, for the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.”

10 The couriers went from town to town in Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun, but people scorned and ridiculed them. 11 Nevertheless, some from Asher, Manasseh and Zebulun humbled themselves and went to Jerusalem. 12 Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the Lord.

From 21st Century Science and Health*

We are taught that mortals come from cells. Charles Darwin admitted this, but he added that human beings have evolved through all the lower grades of cell organization. Physical evolution can be seen to describe the evolving stages of human thinking, but it still does not acknowledge the method of divine Mind.

Everything must be unchangeable Mind, or else everything must be changeable matter. Neither can produce the other. Mind is immortal.

The Science of Mind seems to dishonor the ordinary scientific schools, which wrestle with human observations alone; therefore, this Science has met with opposition. However, any system honoring God ought to receive support, not resistance, from all thinking persons. Divine Science honors God as no other theory and it does this in the way of Soul’s appointing, by doing many wonderful works through the divine name and nature.

Remember, brain is not mind. Physical particles cannot be sick and Mind is everlastingly immortal. The human body is an erroneous conviction that mind is divisible and measurable. What is called matter/energy was originally error in solution, an immature human mind—likened by Milton to “Chaos, and old night.”[1] One theory about this human mind is that its sensations can reproduce people—can form blood, flesh, and bones. If the generations had not been trained to believe matter is the medium of person, then the Science of being, in which all is divine Mind, or God and Love’s idea, would be clearer.

Mark 8: 27-33

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. 31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Proverbs 12:1, 8-11

1Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.

A person is praised according to their prudence,
and one with a warped mind is despised.

Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant
than pretend to be somebody and have no food.

10 The righteous care for the needs of their animals,
but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

11 Those who work their land will have abundant food,
but those who chase fantasies have no sense.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Exposing error is necessary to guarantee not making more mistakes. Why are we reluctant to expose the human mind’s deficiencies? Why are we unwilling to point out wrong-thinking? We hesitate because people like us better when we tell them their virtues than when we tell them their vices. It requires the spirit of Truth and Love to point out miscalculated thinking. We risk human disapproval for the sake of doing right and benefiting humanity.

When the spiritual sense of Truth unfolds its harmonies, you take no risks in the policy of error. Expect to heal simply by repeating my words, by right talking and wrong acting, and you will be disappointed. Such a practice does not demonstrate the Science by which divine Mind heals the sick.

The action of so-called human mind must be destroyed by the divine Mind to bring out the harmony of being.

Physical care requires the pure and spiritualizing influence of the divine Mind on the body.

Immeasurable Mind is expressed. The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space. That is enough! Human language can repeat only an infinitesimal part of what exists. The absolute ideal, person, is no more seen or comprehended by mortals than is the infinite Principle, Love. Principle and its idea, spiritual being, are coexistent and eternal

Hebrews 8: 1-10

Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.

For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people and said:

“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to my covenant,
and I turned away from them,
declares the Lord.
10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel
after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Science is compelling the world to battle over the subject of divine Mind and its demonstration, which heals the sick, destroys error and reveals the universal harmony. To the natural students of Christian Science, to the ancient worthies, and to Christ Jesus, God certainly revealed the spirit of divine Science, if not the absolute letter.

Divine Mind must be found superior to all that the human mind/body has been convinced to believe. Spirit must be discovered as able to destroy all ills. Sickness is a materialized mortal conviction, which must be annihilated by the divine Mind. Disease is an experience of so-called human mind. Disease is fear made manifest on the body. Divine Science takes away this physical sense of disorder, just as it removes any other sense of moral or mental imbalance.

Matter cannot connect humans with spiritual being. The demands of matter are annulled as we acknowledge the supremacy of Spirit. It is only in this way that human beings can advance out of mortality and find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes us forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from divine Mind.

Truth has no starting point. Divine Mind is our Soul, and gives us dominion. We were not crafted from an untenable basis. We were not commanded to obey human laws which Spirit never made. Our sphere is in spiritual statutes, in the higher law of Mind.

*Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan.Text from 21st Century Science and Health, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] Milton, John, (1608–1674) Paradise Lost, Book 1, line 540.

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