March 30, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Presence of power

Golden text: I Corinthians 4:20*

For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.

Luke 21:1-9

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”

From 21st Century Science and Health**

It is not safe to build on false foundations. Truth makes a new creature, where “old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”[1] Obsessions, selfishness, misleading appetites, hatred, fear, and lust give way to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.

The prophet of today sees in the mental horizon the signs of these times, the reappearance of Christianity’s essence which heals the sick and destroys error. No other sign will be given. Body can’t be saved except through Mind.

Do not join in a conspiracy against yourself. Continue to recognize the awful unreality by which the human mind is deceived. Repent, think differently, abandon the unnatural and you can fully understand the unreality of that which argues against the infinite.

It is absurd for children, or adults, to pretend not to be afraid of something scary. We have to understand the unreality of what scares us, otherwise, at any moment we may become a helpless victim.

Fever and nausea are errors of various types. High temperatures, an abnormal pulse rate, delirium, pain, and nausea, are images imprinted on the body by a human mind. The images, held in this agitated mind tend to frighten conscious thought. Divine Science can replace the sick-image, which is produced by millions of human beings and imaged on the body because they believe that mind is in matter and sickness is as real as harmony. If the sick-image is not destroyed, some receptive thought may pick up on it and become sick itself. The case may even end in a belief called death, which must be finally conquered by eternal Life. Truth always triumphs. Sickness and sin fall by their own weight. Truth is the rock, the capstone of the corner, “and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”[2]

The recognition of Spirit and of infinity does not come all at once, but throughout eternity. Haba na haba, a Swahili phrase for little by little, or step by step, has relevance. Human beings do not change from error to truth in an instant.

Luke 21: 10-19

Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. 13 This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14 Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 16 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17 You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Erroneous belief systems bring their own self-destruction both here and hereafter because mortal mind creates its own mortal conditions.

A fuller acknowledgement of the rights of man and woman as useful spiritual beings demands that the terrors of sin, sickness, and death be exterminated from the human mind. Spiritual freedom is gained, not through human warfare, but through spiritual Science.

God is not the creator of an evil mind. Indeed, evil is not Mind. We must learn that evil is the awful deception and unreality of existence. Evil is not supreme; good is not helpless; nor are the so-called laws of matter primary and the law of Spirit secondary. Without this lesson, we lose sight of the perfect Source, or the divine Principle of spiritual selfhood.

Truth and error seem to be in conflict. Remember though, the contention is only the mental conflict between the evidence of the spiritual perceptions and the testimony of the human imprints. Through faith in, and the understanding of divine Love, the battle between Spirit and flesh will settle all questions.

Luke 21: 20-28

 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, 22 for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. 23 Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

The impressive fury of human mind—vented in earthquake, hurricane, supernovas, terrorism, famine, etc.—characterizes self-destruction. Calamities are sometimes referred to as “acts of God.” Scriptures goes as far as to interpret God as saying, “And in anger and wrath I will execute vengeance on the nations that did not obey,”[3] but these catastrophes only counterfeit divine justice. In reality, the misfortunes point to the strength and permanency of Spirit. Science brings to light Spirit and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil.

Jerusalem. Ever-changing human principles and knowledge gained from the physical senses; the arrogance of power and the power of arrogance; sensuality; envy; oppression; tyranny. Home, heaven.

A little yeast raises all the dough. A little understanding of Science proves the truth of all that I say of it. Because you can’t walk on the water and raise the dead, you have no right to question the great might of divine Science in these directions. Be thankful that Jesus, who was the true demonstrator of Science, did these things and left his example for us. In Science we can use only what we understand. We must prove our faith by demonstration.

People should not linger in the storm if the body is freezing, nor should they remain in a contaminated environment. Until a person is able to prevent bad results, it is best to avoid adverse situations.

Ages pass, but this yeast of Truth is always at work. It must destroy the entire mass of error, and so be eternally glorified in man and woman’s spiritual freedom.

“Agree to disagree” with oncoming symptoms of chronic or acute disease, whether it is cancer, diabetes, or coronary artery disease. Meet the initial stages of disease with as powerful mental opposition as a legislator would employ to defeat the passage of an inhuman law. Rise in the conscious strength of the spirit of Truth to overthrow the petition of human mind, alias matter, lobbying against the supremacy of Spirit. Exclude the images of mortal thought and its beliefs in sickness and sin. Then, when you are delivered to the judgment of Truth, Christ, the judge will say, “You are well!”[4]

Entire immunity from the belief in sin, suffering, and death may not be reached at this level, but we may expect a decrease in these evils; and this scientific beginning is in the right direction.

All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire existence is found harmonious and eternal.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
And God does not lead us into temptation, but delivers us from sin, disease, and death.
“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”[5]
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.

*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, 5th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

 

[1] II Cor. 5:17 (NASB)

[2] Matt. 21:44; Luke 20:18 (NRSV)

[3] Micah 5:15, ESV

[4] John 5:14

[5] Matt. 6:13 (NKJV)

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