May 2, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Multiplying and working

Golden text: Proverbs 31:16*

She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard.

Genesis 9:1, 20-21

So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.

20 And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. 21 Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent.  

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Saints make their own heaven by engaging Life, Truth, and Love. Wrongdoers make their own hell by doing things which avoid Life, Truth, and Love. Wrongdoers are self-deceived; they believe they are happier when being slothful or negative, and this is evil aiding evil. They believe they are saints when they are hypocrites, and this is selfishness aiding selfishness. Do not be deceived by twisted human conclusions.

The plant grows not because of seed or soil or bioengineering, but because growth is the eternal rule of Mind. The immortal creative thought is from Mind, not from the ground of mortal thinking.

Isaiah 60:1-3, 19-22

Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

19“The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light,
And your God your glory.
20 Your sun shall no longer go down,
Nor shall your moon withdraw itself;
For the Lord will be your everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning shall be ended.
21 Also your people shall all be righteous;
They shall inherit the land forever,
The branch of My planting,
The work of My hands,
That I may be glorified.
22 A little one shall become a thousand,
And a small one a strong nation.
I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

When governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, we know that with God all things are possible.

It is constructive for physicians, therapists, and practitioners to know and act on the truth that Mind is existent. Healers should not take the position that matter is the only cause.

Doctors can take note that it is better not to implant disease in the thoughts of your patients by declaring disease to be a fixed fact, even before you go to work to eradicate the disease through the material faith inspired. Instead of furnishing thought with fear, try to correct the turbulent emotion by the influence of divine Love, which removes fear.

Physicians whom the sick employ in their helplessness should be models of integrity. They should be wise spiritual guides to health and hope. To the frightened patient on the brink of death, physicians can be prepared to share an understanding of the Truth which is Life and perpetuates being. When the soul is willing and the flesh is weak, the patient may be willing to plant their feet on the rock of the true idea of spiritual power.

All things are fashioned by, and after, God’s own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness. They impart their own peace and permanence. Love, fragrant with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light. The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, “Happy are those who claim nothing, for the whole earth will belong to them!”[1] The modest lilac sends her sweet breath to heaven. The great rock gives shadow and shelter. The sunlight flows into the church and prison cell, glides into the sick room, brightens the earth, beautifies the landscape and blesses the galaxy. Children of God, made in Soul’s likeness, possesses and reflects God’s dominion to bless the environment. We are coexistent and eternal with God and forever reflect in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.

Matthew 15: 10-20

When [Jesus] had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”

12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”

13 But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”

15 Then Peter answered and said to Him, “Explain this parable to us.”

16 So Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 20 These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Holding in mind contrary and illusory intentions makes it impossible to recognize Christ’s relationship to God as God’s offspring. Inhumane minds are hostile toward spirituality. They can’t discern Christ’s spiritual existence. Their thoughts were filled with human error instead of with God’s spiritual idea as presented by Christ Jesus. Through wrong notions we lose sight of God, and the spiritual sense of Truth is eclipsed. We can however, realize God’s likeness when we overcome the unspiritual and prove our spiritual heritage, when we prove the liberty of the children of God.

The divine Science taught in the original language of the Bible came through inspiration and needs inspiration to be understood. Without inspiration, the spiritual meaning of the Bible is misinterpreted and people only repeat what an inspired teacher said. An uninspired expression changes the intent and misstates the Science of Scriptures. We read in the Bible, “God is love.”[2] Inspiration allows us to understand love as more than an attribute of God, but God itself. Love is God. We can know the love of Love. With the use of capitalization, we can speak of the truth of Truth and of the life of Life, for Christ said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”[3]

Clergy, chaplains, and spiritual leaders who observe the world should advance the standard of Truth. They should inspire listeners to love grappling new right ideas and broaden their views. Love of spirituality, rather than love of popularity, should stimulate work and progress. Truth should emanate from the pulpit, but never be strangled there. A special privilege is commissioned in the ministry. How will it be used? Sacredly, in the interests of humanity, not of self or sect.

Spiritual leaders should pursue the dignity of God’s laws rather than pursue positions of church power. . Inferior motives induce attacks on individuals who share Christ’s teachings by example of Mind’s healing power.[1]

[1] Sentence edited 2018

I Corinthians 3:5-9

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Earthly experience exposes the relativity of error, indirectly leading to the infinite capacities of Truth. Spiritual beings agree with the absolute and harmonious Principle of being. Immortality does not sin, suffer, or die and our spiritual experiences will multiply instead of diminish as God’s kingdom comes on earth. The spiritual way leads to Life instead of to death and we realize our God-given dominion to overcome temporal limitations.

The astronomer no longer looks up to the stars—but looks out from them upon the universe. The florist finds the flower before its seed. Every cell can be seen before its multiplication. The seasons come and go with changes of time and tide, cold and heat, latitude and longitude. Farmers will find that these changes can’t affect crops. “Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.”[4] The navigator can have dominion over the weather, over the great deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air. Time will not affect life.

We welcome the increase of knowledge and the end of error, because even human invention must have its day. We want that day to be prospered by divine Science and Christ-like reality.

Is it true that Christ is always reappearing? Are we believing the wise people of today when they emit the light which heralds Truth’s eternal dawn and describe its radiance?

A vital religion allows us to understand and share the glory of eternal life.

Divine Science can explain differing doctrinal points, cancel disagreements, and settle questions. The aim is not to bring together doctrines and denominations, but to unite on the doctrine that God is One and is present now and forever.

Adversity teaches human beings not to lean on collapsible crutches. Spiritual development doesn’t come from planting seeds in the dirt of materialist views. Those seeds rot whereas Love nurtures the higher joys of Spirit which have no taint of earth.

From Love and from Spirit’s home of light and harmony, only reflections of good can come. All things beautiful and harmless are substantial ideas of Mind. Mind creates and multiplies them, and the product must be mental.

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

**Text from 21st Century Science and Health can’t be reproduced in part or as a whole without the written permission of Healing Science Today

 

 

[1] Matt. 5:5 (Phillips NT)

[2] I John 4:8

[3] John 14:6

[4] Ps. 102:26 (NASB)

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