August 26, 2015

bible study imageSubject: Mind reading

Golden text: Ephesians 3:4*

When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ,

Exodus 24: 1-7

Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar. Moses alone shall come near to the Lord, but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.”

Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the rules. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do.” And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the Lord. And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.”

Revelation 1: 1-3

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Humanity must learn that the influences of propaganda or crowd thinking are powerless. Crowd thinking is oppressive, but only a phase of nothingness. Christian Science devastates the vacuum of evil thinking and preeminently promotes good-will and virtue in families and therefore in the community.

Nature and discovery inform us that life produces life. Divine Science does not gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles.[1] Intelligence never produces non-intelligence. So, if matter is ever non-intelligent, it can’t come from intelligence. To all that is unlike the perfect and endless Life, Mind said, “You will surely die.”[2] We also read in Scripture, “You started out as dirt, you’ll end up dirt.”[3] In other words, the non-intelligent reverts back to unreality. Good can’t result in evil. As God is good and is Spirit, goodness and spirituality must be immortal.

In a psychology textbook, readers are asked, “Hypnosis: Altered consciousness or Role Playing?”[4] Answering that question is not as important as realizing that we need to spiritually think for our self; otherwise, indifferent, self-destructive, and depressed behavior is believed to be our own thinking, and it will be exhibited. We also need to encourage in others the right and responsibility to think for themselves as God created them able to do.

I entertain no doubt of the altruism and philanthropy of many readers, psychics, and spiritualists, but I can’t coincide with the views of a mystical, supernatural being or force. Science never removes phenomena from the realm of reason into mystique. Science puts an end to mystery and explains extraordinary phenomena as ordinary. If psychics understood the Science of being, their belief in channeling would vanish.

II Corinthians 3: 4-18

 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.

12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

From 21st Century Science and Health

We think of an absent friend as easily as we do a present friend. It is just as easy to read distant thoughts as near. We read the thoughts of the deceased through their writings. Chaucer[5] wrote centuries ago, yet we still read his thought in his verse. What is study of the classics, but the discernment of the minds, even the minds of Homer,[6] and Virgil,[7] of whose personal existence we may be in doubt?

Portraits, songs, writings, and conversations can all be detected and read from thought and memory. Pictures are mentally formed before the artist conveys them to canvas, and it is this way with all human concepts. Mind-readers perceive these pictures of thought, even seeing thoughts that have been lost to the memory of the mind in which they were discovered. Human mind sees what it believes as certainly as it believes what it sees. It feels, hears, and sees its own thoughts.

It is needless for the thought or for the person holding the thought to be individually and consciously present. Although individuals have passed away, their mental environment remains to be discerned and described. Even when someone has moved far away and has been forgotten, their vibrations or whisperings are still in the general atmosphere of human mind.

The term “sixth sense” has been used to describe intuitive vision, or knowingness, when more accurately it could be called “first sense.” Our intuitive perception discerns essential facts. Science enables a person to read the human mind, but not as a clairvoyant. Science enables one to heal through Mind, but not as a hypnotist.

Matthew 9: 1-8

And getting into a boat [Jesus] crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

Matthew 12: 22-32

 Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.” 25 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. 26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. 30 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Spiritual intuition reveals whatever constitutes and perpetuates harmony, enabling one to do good, but not evil. You will reach the perfect Science of healing when you are able to read the human mind spiritually and discern the error you would destroy. The Samaritan woman said: “Come out and see the man who told me everything I’ve ever done! Can this be Christ?”[8]

Some people may have keen “supernatural” or “natural” physical senses, but humans need spiritual sense.

There is one cause and effect. Truth communicates itself but never imparts error.

The Teacher easily read the thoughts of humankind, and this insight better enabled him to direct those thoughts usefully. What would be said today of an irreverent blasphemer who hints that Jesus used his power to hurt others? Jesus read human minds on a scientific basis, that of the omnipresence of Mind. Readings that resemble Jesus’ readings indicate spiritual improvement and a unity with the infinite capacities of the one Mind. Jesus could injure no one by his Mind-reading. The effect of his Mind-reading was always to heal and to save, and this is the only genuine Science of reading human mind.

*“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, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] Matt. 7:16; Luke 6:44

[2] Gen. 2:17

[3] Gen. 3:19; Ecc. 3:20 (The Message)

[4] Weiten, Wayne. Psychology Themes and Variations, Briefer version 6th Edition. Thomson Wadsworth, 2005.

[5] Chaucer, (1343–1400) English author, poet, philosopher.

[6] Homer, a legendary Greek poet, assumed to have lived in the 8th century BC.

[7] Publius Vergillus Maro, later called Virgil. (70 BC–19 BC) Ancient Roman poet and author.

[8] John 4:29 (Phillips NT)

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