September 16, 2015

bible study imageSubject: Nature

Golden text: Matthew 13: 31-32*

[Jesus] put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

Psalms 104: 1, 5-24

Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great!

He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they fled;
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
so that they might not again cover the earth. 10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; 11 they give drink to every beast of the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
they sing among the branches.
13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

14 You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth
15     and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart.

16 The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 In them the birds build their nests; the stork has her home in the fir trees.
18 The high mountains are for the wild goats;
the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting.
20 You make darkness, and it is night,
when all the beasts of the forest creep about.
21 The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.
22 When the sun rises, they steal away and lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes out to his work
and to his labor until the evening.

24 O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Creation is always appearing, and must always continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source. Mortal sense inverts this appearing and calls ideas material.

In one sense God is identical with nature, but this nature is spiritual and is not expressed in quanta or atomic structure. God is natural good and is represented only by the idea of goodness, whereas evil and destruction should be regarded as unnatural, because it is opposed to the nature of Spirit, God.

Pantheism and nature worship may be defined as a belief in the intelligence of matter—a mindset which Science overthrows.

When law is portrayed as physical instead of spiritual, natural science represents a kingdom divided against its self.[1] In absolute Love, nature and God are one, law is spiritual and the natural order of heaven comes down to earth.

Laws of nature are laws of Spirit; but human beings commonly recognize as law that which hides the power of Spirit.

Nature voices spiritual law and divine Love, but the human mortal mindset misinterprets nature. Arctic regions, sunny tropics, coral reefs, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, flowering deserts, and galaxies—all point to Mind, the spiritual intelligence they reflect. The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity. Quantum mechanics, gravity, and the cosmos teach grand lessons. The stars make night beautiful, and the leaf turns naturally toward the light.

Ecclesiastes 3:14-22

I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. 15 That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.

16 Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness. 17 I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work. 18 I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. 19 For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. 20 All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth? 22 So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?

II Peter 1:3-7

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Without natures particularly defined, objects and subjects would be obscure and creation would be full of nameless offspring—wanderers from the parent Mind, strangers in a tangled wilderness.

Popular philosophies claim material structures to be the manifestation of the one Life, God, whereas material structures are only the objective state of material sense.

These false beliefs as to what really constitutes life, so detracts from God’s character and nature that the true sense of Spirit’s power is lost to all who embrace the falsities

Bear in mind, the higher nature of a person is not controlled by the lower more baneful nature; if it were the order of wisdom would be reversed. Our immature views of life hide eternal harmony and produce the problems of which we complain.

Our Father in heaven (Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious), Hallowed be Your name, (One sacred nature)

I Corinthians 15:35-50

 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36 You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39 For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being” the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. 50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

From 21st Century Science and Health

That Adam provided the name and nature of animals is solely mythological and material. It also cannot be true that man was ordered to partner up with God and create new people. A Maker other than Spirit is a fiction, a fabrication. God already made and knows every identity.

Love alone can impart the limitless idea of infinite Mind. Geology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, cosmology, or biology, do not really explain nature’s patterns and relationships.

Save yourself as Jesus saved. Strive. Advance spiritually. Constantly turn away from the objects of the human mind, and look toward the imperishable things of Spirit. If honest, you will be in earnest from the start, and joyfully gain a little each day in the right direction. If persistent, you will make the transition from limited substance to the substantial unlimited.

*“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. 12:26; Mark 3:24; Luke 11:17

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