March 9, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Substance

Golden text: Psalm 139:16

Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

II Kings 6:1-7

Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See, the place where we dwell under your charge is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan and each of us get there a log, and let us make a place for us to dwell there.” And he answered, “Go.” Then one of them said, “Be pleased to go with your servants.” And he answered, “I will go.” So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. But as one was felling a log, his axe head fell into the water, and he cried out, “Alas, my master! It was borrowed.” Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick and threw it in there and made the iron float. And he said, “Take it up.” So he reached out his hand and took it.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces are properties of Mind. They belong to divine Principle and support the equilibrium of that same thought-force which launched the earth in its orbit and said to the proud wave, “this far you may come and no farther.”[1]

If the balance is evenly adjusted, the removal of a single weight from either scale offsets the other side. Whatever influence you put on the side of human mind, you take away from divine Mind, which would otherwise outweigh all else. Your thinking can work against your health, so it is better to employ your thinking on the side of health. You make yourself sick through the false belief of sickness even before you rush after drugs, get blood tests, and avoid society for fear of germs.

We have overwhelming proof that the human mind pretends to control every organ of the mortal body. But, this mind is a myth and must by its own consent yield to Truth. Although the human mind throws its weight around, it is powerless. The immortal divine Mind takes away all the human minds assumed expertise and saves human mind from itself.

Empower yourself with the thought that substance is purely spiritual and the movements and transitions possible for the human mind will be found equally possible for the body. Being is alive.

Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things. We move on forces. Withdraw them and creation must collapse. Human knowledge calls them forces of matter. Divine Science restores the forces by classifying them spiritually and by declaring them inherently and wholly to belong to divine Mind.

The theory that Spirit is not the only real substance is pantheistic heterodoxy to those who worship Spirit. The belief that matter and spirit are a mixture leads to sickness, sin, and death. Measurable particles and waves produce measurable outcomes, but Spirit is immeasurable.

Mind creates the likeness of ideas, and the substance of an idea is polar opposite to the substance of non-intelligent matter. God did not create a physical universe as described through a materialist view. Materialist views confuse spiritual ideas with human conceptions and lean toward anthropomorphism.

Pure metaphysics insists on the fact that God is all, therefore, temporal substance is nothing but an image in human mind.

The only intelligence or substance of a thought, a seed, or a flower is God, the creator of it. Mind is the Soul of all. Mind is Life, Truth, and Love which governs all.

Matthew 13: 47-53

 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51 “Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.” 52 And [Jesus] said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

53 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there,

From 21st Century Science and Health

The old views must be poured out or the new idea will be spilled, and the inspiration which is to change our standpoint, will be lost. Our false views of matter perish as we grasp the facts of Soul. Now, as always, Truth replaces mistaken teachings and heals the sick.

Human minds have not completely outgrown their superstitions. Human mindsets embody ghostly beliefs, and time is required before reaching eternity, spirituality, or complete reality. All the real is eternal. Perfection underlies reality. Without perfection, nothing is completely real. Temporal things will continue to be outgrown until perfection appears and reality is reached. Old-wives-tales, even new old-wives tales, need to become a thing of the past. We must not continue to be impressed by superstitious thinking, but we must be wise and let go of all misdirected reverences. When we learn that error is not real, we are ready for progress, “forgetting what is behind.”[2]

Instruct the sick that they are not helpless victims. If they will accept Truth, they can resist disease and fight it off as positively as they can the temptation to sin. This fact of divine Science should be explained to invalids when they are in a fit mood to receive it. Otherwise, until the sick are ready to receive the new idea, they will turn against it.

Musical notes can be arranged to make harmony. Tones of the human mind are just as diverse as musical notes, and harmony is apparent as tones of unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and honesty blend properly. Spiritual harmony constitutes individual and collective happiness, strength, and permanence.

Colossians 2: 6-19

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Science relates to Mind, not matter. It rests on fixed Principle and not upon the judgment of false sensation. The logic involved in divine Science is based on the premise that Truth is ever truthful. All conclusions made in Science must compute harmonious truth. The logic of Science cannot tolerate error, disorder, or contradictions in premise or conclusion.

Osteoporosis or any abnormal condition or derangement of the body is as directly the action of mortal mind as is functional or chemically based mental disorders, even depression. Bones have only the substance of thought which forms them. They are only phenomena of the mind of human beings. The so-called substance of bone is formed first by the parent’s mind, through self-division. Soon the child becomes a separate, individualized human mind, which takes possession of itself and its own thoughts of bones.

The substance of Truth not only banishes temporal evidence with spiritual evidence, but also removes the stench of vile traits.

If you wish to discover the spiritual fact then mentally perceive the limited situation you are in. It makes no difference whether the situation agrees or disagrees with your preconceptions.

What are called molecules or dark matter manifests nothing but a limited mentality. The substance or manifestation of Spirit is not obtainable through matter. Spirit is positive. Matter is negative; the absence of Spirit. For positive Spirit to pass through a negative condition would be Spirit’s destruction.

Finite substance must be unknown to the infinite substance of Mind. Symbols, symptoms, and elements of disorder and decay are not products of the infinite, perfect, and eternal All. From Love and from Spirit’s home of light and harmony, only reflections of good can come. All things beautiful and harmless are substantial ideas of Mind. Mind creates and multiplies them, and the product must be mental.

The objects cognized by the physical senses do not have the reality of substance. They are only what human belief calls them. Flesh, imbalance, and mortality lose all supposed consciousness or claim to life or existence as human beings detach themselves from a false sense of life, substance, and intelligence.

[1] Job 38:11

[2] Phil. 3:13

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