May 11, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Dealing with limitations

Golden text: II Corinthians 10:17-18

 “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

Romans 6:1-4

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

From 21st Century Science and Health

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.

In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the congealed mass of error. Let us work to bankrupt selfish-will, self-justification, and self-worship, which are errors that compete against spirituality and are the investors in sin and death.

Husbands and wives should never separate if there is no Christian demand for it. The logic of events will reveal itself. In those cases, when one spouse is better, then the better spouse is good company for the worse. Dr. Oral Roberts discussed his philosophy for a successful marriage. He and his wife, Evelyn, who was better company for a time, patiently told her very busy husband that he was “making a terrible mistake,”[1] by neglecting the family. Her words struck Mr. Robert’s conscience and he disciplined himself to put God and family first before work.

The eternal Truth destroys what human beings have learned from error, and our real selfhood comes to light. Truth lived is eternal life. Human beings can never advance from the temporal debris of error—belief in sin, sickness, and death—until we learn that God is the only Life.

Romans 6: 5-11

 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Mortal perceptions (or rather misperceptions) are the only source of evil or error. Divine Science shows that physical senses are false, because matter can’t hear or see or be consciousness. Beyond the limited mortal impressions of things, all is harmony. A mysterious sense of spiritual being, and revelation, is nonsense, no sense. Human belief would make the physical senses sometimes good and sometimes bad. Human mindedness swears that there is real pleasure in sin, but the beautiful truths of divine Science dispute this error.

Will-power is only a product of belief, and this belief makes human beings desperate. Human will is an untamed inclination, not a propensity of Soul. Consequently, mortal will-power does not properly govern. Human will—selfishly exclusive, negligent, and head-strong—cooperates with idleness and hyperactivity. From this cooperation arises the evil of human willfulness. From this also comes the powerlessness of mortal will-power, since all power belongs to God, good. Christian Science reveals Truth and Love as our motive-powers.

The five physical senses testify, saying that truth and error, good and evil, are united in a human mind. Their false evidence finally yields to Truth—to the recognition of Spirit and of spiritual reality.

Christ’s conciliation unites person to God, not God to human beings. The divine Principle of Christ is God and God doesn’t atone to Himself. It is therefore Christ’s purpose to bring us to God. Christ can’t reconcile Truth to error, for Truth and error are irreconcilable. Jesus aided in uniting humanity to God by giving us a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus’ teachings. This truer, spiritual sense of Love redeems people from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit—the law of divine Love.

 Romans 6: 12-18

 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Physical sense creates its own forms of thought, and gives the forms imaginative titles, before worshiping and fearing them. Often, the forms are attributed with abilities beyond themselves. Basically, the beliefs of the human mind commit self-robbery and self-enslavement and then charge the result to another illusive personification named Satan.

Torture, dictatorship, repression, intolerance, and bloodshed, wherever found, arise from the belief that the infinite is formed after the paradigm of human personality, passions, and urges. Nations owe their untrustworthy governments to their prevalent misconceptions of God.

I have never supposed the world would immediately leave everything for divine Science, or that people would instantly stop believing in sin, disease, and death. However, I do state that, as a result of teaching Christian Science in the late 19th century and early 20th century, ethics and moderation have received a stimulus, health has been restored, and people are living longer. If that was the fruit then, what will the harvest be, when this Science is more generally understood?

Belief in sickness and death, as certainly as belief in sin, tends to shut out the true sense of Life and health. When will humankind wake to this great fact in Science?

Romans 6: 19

19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Human theories are based on measurable components which cannot escape their own limitations. An anthropoid sense of God and an android sense of our own capabilities necessarily limit faith and delay spiritual understanding. Human-made theories divide faith and understanding between matter and Spirit, and as a result, turn to the inanimate drug and come short of tapping into the intelligent and divine healing Principle.

If life were in human beings or material things, it would be open to their limitations and would end in death.

The unlikeness of Truth—named error—the opposite of Science, and the evidence before the five corporeal senses, offer no sign of the grand facts of spiritual being. But don’t fret, because even though our human senses feel no evidence that our earth is spinning rapidly through space, we still can learn the truth through science and break through limitations.

The facts of divine Science should be admitted, although the evidence as to these facts is not supported by evil, by matter, or by corporeal sense. The evidence that God and people coexist is fully sustained by spiritual sense. Person is, and forever has been, God’s reflection. God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power, no other presence. The spirituality of the universe is the only fact of creation. “Let God be found true though every human being is false and a liar.”[2]

Spirit acts through the Science of Mind, never causing people to cultivate mortal thinking. Knowing this fact, we can overcome physical limitations and a mortal view of earth and its environments, and discover conscious spiritual harmony and eternal being.

*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] Roberts, Oral. When You See the Invisible You Can Do the Impossible. Copyright 2002, used by permission of Destiny Image Publishers, 167 Walnut Bottom Road. Shippensburg, PA 17257 www.destinyimage.com

[2] Rom. 3:4 (Amplified)

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