September 14, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Dynamics

Golden text: Psalms 93: 4

Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!

Zechariah 4: 1-7

And the angel who talked with me came again and woke me, like a man who is awakened out of his sleep. And he said to me, “What do you see?” I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it, and seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps that are on the top of it. And there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.” And I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?” Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.” Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’”

From 21st Century Science and Health

The Scriptures are sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained. The true theory of the universe, including person, is not in material history but in spiritual development. Mental evolution, or ascension, inspires thought to expand to a higher awareness and relinquish a changeable, superficial, mortal theory of the universe. The spiritual and immortal are then adopted through metaphysical improvement.

When the clouds are heavy, they block the sun’s light and heat from our earth. But clouds can disappear. Likewise, as the clouds of physical knowledge dissolve, then spiritual Science will reach our consciousness and experience. Earth has little light or joy before Life is spiritually learned. Every agony of mortal error helps error to destroy itself and we can perceive immortal Truth. This is the new birth going on hourly, by which human beings may entertain angels, the true ideas of God, the spiritual sense of being.

Dynamic research has provided an incredible amount of information and evidence that contradicts the predominant conventional scientific theories concerning our origin. This research as portrayed in films, books, and articles would bless the human race more, if the diviner side was gained, instead of continually debating or questioning only the limited physical sense of animal growth and organization.

Natural history is richly endowed by the labors and genius of great people. Modern breakthroughs, biotechnology, in vitro fertilization, and cloning, have brought to light important facts in regard to supposed embryonic life. But, to suppose life germinates in anything other than Mind is a blunder. All theories within the material realm never reach past the temporal. They will finally give place to higher theories and demonstrations.

Zechariah 4: 8-14

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. 10 For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice, and shall see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.

“These seven are the eyes of the Lord, which range through the whole earth.” 11 Then I said to him, “What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?” 12 And a second time I answered and said to him, “What are these two branches of the olive trees, which are beside the two golden pipes from which the golden oil is poured out?” 13 He said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.” 14 Then he said, “These are the two anointed ones who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Question. Are medications, hypnotism, quantum-touch, and New Age remedies included in Christian Science or divine metaphysical healing?

Answer. Not one of them is included in scientific mental treatment. In divine Science, the supposed physical laws yield to the law of Mind. What are termed natural science and physical laws are the objective states of human mind. The physical universe expresses the conscious and unconscious thoughts of human beings. Physical force and human mind are one. Drugs and quantum dynamics oppose the supremacy of the unquantifiable divine Mind. Drugs and inert matter are unconscious, mindless. Certain results, supposed to proceed from drugs, are really caused by the faith in them which the false human consciousness is educated to feel.

Hypnotism, quantum energy, and New Age remedies are human—are conditional and oftentimes unpredictable. They are the voluntary or involuntary action of error. Science must triumph over limited knowledge. Truth must prevail over error and put an end to the suggestions involved in all insufficient theories and practices.

Question. Is the material linked to spiritual, and is a material sense of things first necessary before understanding and expressing Spirit?

Answer. If error is necessary to define or to reveal Truth, the answer is yes; but not otherwise. Material sense is an absurd phrase, for material molecules have no consciousness, no sense. Science declares that divine Mind, not material mind, sees, hears, feels, and speaks. Anything that contradicts this statement is the false sense which betrays human beings into sickness, sin, and death. Why slam Christian Science for instructing human beings how to make sin, disease, and death appear more and more unreal? If the unimportant and evil appear, only soon to disappear because of their uselessness or their iniquity, then these ephemeral views of error ought to be obliterated by Truth.

Advance naturally from matter into Spirit. Don’t try to frustrate the spiritual ultimate of all things by ignoring, or forcing, spirituality. Sincere spiritual growth is wise and brings about better health and improved morals.

John 17: 1-5

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Harmony is assigned to Mind, not to matter/energy.

Matter/energy and time/space are incomplete concepts. Being incomplete, they lead to incomplete statements.

Denying the claims of matter/energy is an important step to take toward the joys of Spirit, toward human freedom and the final triumph over the body.

The stomach, heart, colon, and lymph nodes don’t inform us that they are nauseous, diseased, cancerous, or invaded by malignant tumors. If this information is conveyed, human mind conveys it. Negative information certainly doesn’t come from immortal Mind and it can’t come from inanimate matter/energy.

Sickness, sin, and death are not the merchandise of Life. They are simulations or virtual realities which Truth destroys with immortal reality. God is good and as the source of all being, God does not produce moral or physical deformity, therefore such deformity is not real but is illusion—is the mirage of error. Divine Science reveals these grand facts. On their basis Jesus demonstrated Life, never fearing or obeying error in any form.

The physical senses cannot secure proof of God. Spirit isn’t tactile to flesh. Spirit isn’t seen through the eye, isn’t heard through the ear, isn’t tasted or smelled by means of matter. Our physical senses are quite pathetic; they can’t even cognize the microscopic particles of matter/energy, which are known only by the effects commonly attributed to them.

According to Christian Science the only real senses are Christ-like and come from divine Mind. Thought passes from God to us. Sense and information do not go from material body to Mind. The intercommunication is always from God to existence. Wave/particles are not aware and have no consciousness of good or of evil, of pleasure or of pain. Our individuality is not directly or indirectly measurable. The Science of our spirituality doesn’t come only in the hereafter in what is called heaven, but here and now. Christ-likeness or spirituality, is the great fact of being for time and eternity.

Philippians 3:10-11***

10-11 I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.

From 21st Century Science and Health

We acknowledge that the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection served to advance faith to the understanding of eternal Life, to the allness of Soul, Spirit, and the nothingness of matter/energy.

God, Life, is not at the mercy of matter/energy.

The divine Principle and idea constitute spiritual harmony—heaven and eternity. In the universe of Truth, unpredictability and error are unknown. Finiteness and limitation (matter/energy) have no universe. Divine Science, the Word of God, says to the darkness over the face of error, “God is All-in-all,” and the light of ever-present Love illumines the universe. Hence the eternal wonder—that infinite space is peopled with God’s ideas, reflecting Being in countless spiritual forms.

 

*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.

***Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

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