June 22, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Atomic force

Golden text: Ephesians 6:12*

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Psalms 104: 1-5

Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
    covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.
He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
he rides on the wings of the wind;
he makes his messengers winds,
his ministers a flaming fire.

He set the earth on its foundations,
so that it should never be moved.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

What establishes Life? Does matter/energy or Mind establish Life? Does Life begin with human mind or with divine Mind? Is Life sustained by material molecules or by Spirit? Certainly not by both, since flesh wars against Spirit and the flesh can take no cognizance of Spirit.

In one sense God is identical with nature, but this nature is spiritual and is not expressed in quanta or atomic structure.

Limited perceptions come from the mortal, instead of from the immortal. Spirit is not separate from God. Spirit is God.

What about the beginning of the universe? Did the big bang blow life into being? If so, who or what produced the big bang? Idolatrous philosophies, modern geology, synthetic biology, and all other material hypotheses deal with causation as contingent on matter/energy or time. Cause is also treated as necessarily apparent to the physical senses, even when the evidence to sustain their assumptions is undiscovered.

Joshua 11: 4-8, 9-15

4 And [many kings] came out with all their troops, a great horde, in number like the sand that is on the seashore, with very many horses and chariots. 5 And all these kings joined their forces and came and encamped together at the waters of Merom to fight against Israel.

6 And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, for tomorrow at this time I will give over all of them, slain, to Israel. You shall hamstring their horses and burn their chariots with fire.” 7 So Joshua and all his warriors came suddenly against them by the waters of Merom and fell upon them. 8 And the Lord gave them into the hand of Israel, who struck them and chased them as far as Great Sidon and Misrephoth-maim, and eastward as far as the Valley of Mizpeh. And they struck them until he left none remaining.

10 And Joshua turned back at that time and captured Hazor and struck its king with the sword, for Hazor formerly was the head of all those kingdoms. 11 And they struck with the sword all who were in it, devoting them to destruction; there was none left that breathed. And he burned Hazor with fire. 12 And all the cities of those kings, and all their kings, Joshua captured, and struck them with the edge of the sword, devoting them to destruction, just as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded. 13 But none of the cities that stood on mounds did Israel burn, except Hazor alone; that Joshua burned. 14 And all the spoil of these cities and the livestock, the people of Israel took for their plunder. But every person they struck with the edge of the sword until they had destroyed them, and they did not leave any who breathed. 15 Just as the Lord had commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did. He left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Who, that has felt the perilous beliefs in life, substance, and intelligence separated from God, can say that there is no error of belief? The belief of life, substance, and intelligence in matter/energy, or in the fight-and-flight nature, or in morphing atoms, is flimsy propaganda, yet mesmerizing. So, we ask, who will deny that these are the errors which Truth must and will annihilate?

Anything in the human mind is mortal. To the five physical senses, a person appears to be matter and mind united. Divine Science reveals man and woman as the idea of God. Science supports the fact that the physical senses are capricious and illusory. Divine Science shows that it is impossible for congealed atoms to be person even though interwoven with matter’s higher echelon called brain (misnamed mind). The genuine and total person, the spiritual idea of being is indestructible and eternal. If it were otherwise, person would be annihilated.

Question. Do atoms, in the form of chemicals, or the five senses, constitute person?

Answer. Divine Science sustains, with immortal proof, the impossibility of atoms having perception or consciousness. Divine Science defines the sensory and motor systems as human beliefs or inventions. If we were humanly programmed to believe it, we would believe the veins in a plant could feel stimuli like nerves. The bodily senses can take no cognizance of spiritual reality and immortality. God, Mind alone possesses all sensation, perception, and interpretation. Therefore, mental perception or awareness is not at the mercy of physical organization and decay—otherwise bacteria could undo us. If it were possible for our real senses to be injured, Soul could reproduce them in all their perfection, but they cannot be disturbed or destroyed, since they exist in immortal Mind, not in matter.

Matthew 8:23-27

 And when he got into the boat, [Jesus’] disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Erring power is a material belief, a blind miscalled force, the offspring of false intent and not of wisdom, of the human mind and not of the spiritual. Human power is the reckless flood, the devouring flame, the exploding meteor. It is lightning and hurricane. Human power is all that is selfish, wicked, dishonest, and impure.

If materialistic knowledge is power, it is not wisdom. Temporal knowledge is but a vain force.

Quantum mechanics; molecular reactions; electronic bionics; the patterns and relationships between masses and forces; and so on, are of no real importance, when we remember that they all must give place to spiritual truths by the translation of the universe and man and woman back into Spirit. As this transformation occurs, our true selfhood and the universe will be found harmonious and spiritual.

Eternal Truth is changing the universe and physical forces are trying to keep up. Don’t be impressed by materialist views that support physical forces. Instead, experience spiritual thought expanding into expression.

Matthew 7:24-25

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine (Jesus) and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Error of thought is reflected in error of action. The obsessive study of material existence—of a beginning and end, with birth, decay, and dissolution as its component stages—hides the true and spiritual Life, and causes our standard to drag behind. If Life has any starting point whatsoever, then the great I AM is a myth. If Life is God, as the Scriptures imply, then Life, Mind, isn’t embryonic, isn’t a primordial explosion of dense matter. A particle or physical force is an impossible enclosure for infinite Spirit.

Matter/energy. Material energy; measurable, localized forces; a strata of mortal mind.

Gravitational pulls, the stars, and electromagnetic forces do not have power over us, just as they have no power over our Maker. God governs the universe. We reflect God’s power and have the dominion not to be influenced by the planets, by earth and its mortal people.

Isaiah 14: 4-5, 7-14

“How the oppressor has ceased,
the insolent fury ceased!
5 The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,
the scepter of rulers,

7 The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
they break forth into singing.

From 21st Century Science and Health

K.C. Cole, in her book, Mind over Matter: Conversations with the Cosmos,[1] challenges readers to expand their thinking away from limited concepts. Biologists and astrophysicists describe the origin of human and material existence in various ways. They accompany their descriptions with important observations such as the mapped genome or the string theory. But why don’t these observations awaken thought to a higher and purer contemplation of our origin? Genetic modification doesn’t cure the cause of disease. Human thought must obtain a better basis, get nearer the truth of being, or health will never be universal, and harmony will never become the standard. A clearer consciousness must precede an understanding of the harmony of being.

The material gases and forces are imitations of the spiritual forces of divine Mind, whose potency is Truth, whose attraction is Love, whose adhesion and cohesion are Life. They perpetuate the eternal facts of 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] Mind Over Matter: Conversations with the Cosmos, by K. C. Cole. (Harcourt Books,  Florida: 2003)

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