May 24, 2017

bible study imageSubject: Life

Golden text: Psalms 16:11*

You [God] make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

II Kings 6: 24-33

 Afterward Ben-hadad king of Syria mustered his entire army and went up and besieged Samaria. 25 And there was a great famine in Samaria, as they besieged it, until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and the fourth part of a kab of dove’s dung for five shekels of silver. 26 Now as the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, saying, “Help, my lord, O king!” 27 And he said, “If the Lord will not help you, how shall I help you? From the threshing floor, or from the winepress?” 28 And the king asked her, “What is your trouble?” She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.’ 29 So we boiled my son and ate him. And on the next day I said to her, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him.’ But she has hidden her son.” 30 When the king heard the words of the woman, he tore his clothes—now he was passing by on the wall—and the people looked, and behold, he had sackcloth beneath on his body— 31 and he said, “May God do so to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today.”

32 Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. Now the king had dispatched a man from his presence, but before the messenger arrived Elisha said to the elders, “Do you see how this murderer has sent to take off my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door and hold the door fast against him. Is not the sound of his master’s feet behind him?” 33 And while he was still speaking with them, the messenger came down to him and said, “This trouble is from the Lord! Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?”

II Kings 7: 1-2

But Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord: thus says the Lord, Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.” Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, “If the Lord himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” But he said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.”

From 21st Century Science and Health**

From human mind comes the reproduction of the species—first the belief of inanimate (DNA), and then of animate (conscious) matter. According to human thought, embryonic human mind begins in the central nervous system and develops into a brain, always keeping in line with matter, which is the subjective condition of human mind.

Next, we have the formation of an emerging human mind, defined as a human being. All this while flesh is ignorant of its self and of what it is producing. Why do we go along with the theory that an unconscious network of nerve cells evolves and produce both body and mind? The mortal’s mind, and certainly the immortal Mind, is not found in brain or elsewhere in matter or in human beings.

This genotypic and physiological mortal humanity in turn fills itself with thoughts of pain and pleasure, life and death. The belief of humanized molecules also arranges itself into five so-called senses, which presently measure mind and body by the number of synapses in the brain, and mass weight.

Human birth, growth, maturity, and decay are as the grass springing from the soil with beautiful green blades, afterward to wither and return to its native nothingness.

John 6: 35-52

 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

From 21st Century Science and Health

The self-styled human soul or spirit is not the divine infinite Spirit. In other words, the physiological and genetic view of spirit is diametrically opposed to Spirit—the flesh warring against Love. These mortal limited views must yield to the infinite Spirit, named God.

The great truth in the Science of being, that our spirituality was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is indisputable. Our true self is the image, reflection, of God. God’s children are not inverted or subverted, but upright and Godlike.

Whoever is incompetent to explain Soul is wise not to undertake the explanation of body. Life is, always has been, and ever will be independent of matter/energy. Life is spiritual good, not formed physically, but metaphysically. Our real life is the idea of spiritual good and is not liable to decay and dust. The Psalmist said: “You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet.”[1]

This indisputable Principle points to the revelation of Immanuel, “God with us,”[2] the sovereign ever-presence, delivering the children of human beings from every ill “that flesh is heir to.”[3] Through divine Science, religion and medicine are inspired with a more God-like nature and essence. Science gives new strength to faith and understanding, and thoughts intelligently acquaint themselves with God.

The infinite never began and it will never end. Mind and its formations can never be annihilated. God’s child is not on a roller coaster, reeling between evil and good, joy and sorrow, sickness and health, life and death. Life and its faculties are not measured by calendars. The perfect and spiritual are the eternal likeness of their Maker.

Matthew 10: 34-39

[Jesus said,] 34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Every quality and condition of mortality is swallowed up in spirituality. Mortals are the opposite of immortals in origin, in existence, and in their relation to God.

Socrates[4] did not fear his death sentence by hemlock poison, because he understood the superiority and immortality of good. The faith of his philosophy was audacious in the face of physical timidity. Having pursued spirituality, Socrates recognized the immortality of man and woman. Although Socrates was worthy of respect, the ignorance and malice of that time period killed him because of his faith in Soul and his indifference to the body.

Who will say that God’s children are alive today, but may be dead tomorrow? What has touched Life, God, to such strange issues? Here theories cease, and Science unveils the mystery and solves the problem of man and woman. Error strikes the heel of truth, but cannot kill truth. Truth crushes the head[5] of error—destroys error. Spirituality lays open siege to materialism. On which side are we fighting?

The understanding that the Ego, I AM, is Mind, and that there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to destroy the errors of human sense and to supply the truth of spiritual sense. This understanding makes the body harmonious; it makes the nerves, bones, brain, etc., servants, instead of masters. If humanity is governed by the law of divine Mind, the body is obedient to everlasting Life and Truth and Love.

The divine law of Life and Love unfolds the demonstrable facts that matter (human mind) possesses neither sensation nor life; that human experiences show the falsity of all temporal things; and that spiritual desires establish the truth that the only sufferer is human mind. The divine Mind can’t suffer.

When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind—no other Love, wisdom, or Truth. In the divine relationship, there is no other sense of Life and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.

*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] Ps. 8:6 (NRSV)

[2] Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23

[3] Shakespeare, William, (1564–1616) Hamlet, Act III. Scene I.

[4] Socrates, (469–399BC) Greek philosopher. Charged, tried, and condemned to die in 399BC.

[5] Gen. 3:15

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