May 9, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Mother’s Day

Golden text: Matthew 12:48-50*

But [Jesus] answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”

Proverbs 30:1, 11-14, 32-33

The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance. This man declared to Ithiel—to Ithiel and Ucal:

10 Do not malign a servant to his master,
Lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.

11 There is a generation that curses its father,
And does not bless its mother.
12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes,
Yet is not washed from its filthiness.
13 There is a generation—oh, how lofty are their eyes!
And their eyelids are lifted up.
14 There is a generation whose teeth are like swords,
And whose fangs are like knives,
To devour the poor from off the earth,
And the needy from among men.

32 If you have been foolish in exalting yourself,
Or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth.
33 For as the churning of milk produces butter,
And wringing the nose produces blood,
So the forcing of wrath produces strife.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Bear in mind, the higher nature of a person is not controlled by the lower more baneful nature; if it were, the order of wisdom would be reversed. Our immature views of life hide eternal harmony and produce the problems of which we complain.

The divine Principle of Science reverses the testimony of the physical senses and reveals our harmonious existence in Truth.

The human consciousness, often named brain, is the exact opposite of real Mind. Mortal consciousness is made up of errors. We learn in biology and neuroscience that the brain registers suffering and then dies. We learn in theology that our human consciousness is resurrected after death. These erroneous teachings are basically saying that consciousness is born of matter and returns to matter to be later resurrected from dust; whereas divine Science reveals our perpetual spiritual consciousness unaffected by the brain or death.

Do not let mortals interfere with God’s natural order of existence by thrusting in laws of mistaken human perceptions.

Progress comes from experience. Humanity is improved as the mortal is dropped for the immortal. Either here or hereafter, suffering or Science must replace all illusions regarding life and mind.

While there is sin, there is penalty. Science removes the penalty only by first removing the sin that incurs the penalty. My interpretation of divine pardon is that God destroys sin. It is foolish to think our own sins will be less sinful if we attack someone else who we believe is sinful.

Galatians 4:21-26

21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar— 25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children— 26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The major obstacle in conveying the teachings of divine Science accurately to human thought is that English, like all other languages, is inadequate to express spiritual concepts and intents. We have to use incomplete terms and symbols when dealing with spiritual ideas. The elucidation of Mind-science resides in its spiritual sense and students need first to recognize their spiritual senses in order to grasp the meaning of divine Science.

Progress removes restraints. The finite must yield to the infinite. Advancing to a higher plane of action, consciousness moves from the limited sense to the unlimited, from the scholastic to the inspirational, and from the mortal to the immortal. All things are created spiritually. Mind, not isolatable energy, is the creator. Love, the divine Principle, is Father-Mother of the universe and us.

To attend properly the birth of the new child, or divine idea, be sure to detach mortal thoughts from the human conceptions so that the birth will be natural and safe. As the child gathers new energy, the divine idea cannot injure its useful surroundings in its spiritual birth. There is not a single element of error in a spiritual idea, and this truth properly removes anything that is offensive. The new idea, conceived and born of Truth and Love, is clothed in white garments and includes a humble beginning, a sturdy growth, and a renewing maturity. When this new birth takes place, the infant is born of the Spirit, born of God, and can cause the mother no more suffering. By this we know that Truth is here and has fulfilled its perfect work.

We have less pain and sorrow as we have more love and spirituality. When the haze of human mind clears, the curse will be removed which says to woman, “With pain you will give birth to children.”[1] Divine Science rolls back the clouds of error with the light of Truth, and reveals person as never born and as never dying, but as coexistent with the Almighty.

Jerusalem. Ever-changing human principles and knowledge gained from the physical senses; the pride of power and the power of pride; sensuality; envy; oppression; tyranny. Home, heaven.

John 3:7-8

[Jesus said,] Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

The Greek word for wind, pneuma, is also used for spirit, as in John’s Gospel where we read, “The wind [pneuma] blows wherever it pleases…So it is with everyone born of the Spirit [pneuma].”[2] Here the original word is the same in both cases, yet it has received different translations (as have other passages elsewhere in the New Testament). This shows how the Teacher had constantly to employ words that were significant to humanity in order to unfold spiritual thoughts. In the record of Jesus’ death, we read: “Jesus breathed his last.”[3] Indeed, what Jesus gave up was air, an etherealized form of matter, for he never did give up Spirit, or Soul.

Physicality can’t be made the basis of any true idea of infinite God. Physical eyes and ears have not seen or heard Spirit.

We lose sight of our spiritual individuality because of limited perceptions and the blinding belief that soul is in the body. Human personality is myth; it is not the reflection or likeness of Spirit. To think that flesh can tell us how to feel is not bliss, but bondage. For true happiness, man and woman must harmonize with Principle, and the child must synchronize with the Father-Mother and be in conformity with Christ. According to divine Science, person is as complete as the Mind that forms. The truth of spiritual existence makes us harmonious and fulfilled. The error of material existence makes us discordant and unfulfilled.

The vital part, the heart and soul of divine Science, is Love. Without Love, the letter is but the dead body of Science—obsolete, constricted, and barren.

Here is a summary of four fundamental propositions of divine metaphysics. To me, they are self-evident. The propositions agree in statement and proof even if reversed.

  1. God is All-in-all.
  2. God is good. Good is Mind.
  3. God, Spirit, being all, nothing is matter.
  4. Life, God, omnipotent good, deny death, evil, sin, disease—Disease, sin, evil, death, deny good, omnipotent God, Life.

Which of the denials in proposition four is true? Both are not, cannot be, true. According to the Scripture, I find that God is true, “though every human being is false and a liar.”[4]

The divine metaphysics of spiritual Science, like the method in mathematics, proves the rule by inversion: eleven plus three is fourteen, and fourteen minus three is eleven; there is no pain in Truth, and no truth in pain; there is no temporal sensations in Mind, and no mind in temporal sensations; there is no illusion in Mind, and no mind in illusion; there is no mortality in Life, and no life in mortality; there is no matter in good, and no good in matter.

Conventional thinking classes both evil and good together as mind. To be understood, I call sick and sinful humanity human mind—meaning by this term the fleshly turmoil, opposing Spirit. The human mind and evil resist divine Mind, or Truth and good. The spiritually unscientific definition of mind is based on the evidence of the physical senses, which makes minds many and calls mind both human and divine.

We can’t be separated for an instant from God when reflecting God. Divine Science shows spiritual being intact.

The plethora of material forms are not more distinct or real to the physical senses than are the Soul-created forms to spiritual senses. Our spiritual senses are undisturbed even amid the jarring testimony of the mortal senses. Christian Science is consistently revealing to human beings the perpetual divine Principle. We can sense the unfolding Life and universe, ever present and eternal. Our sense of Spirit cognizes Life as permanent.

In Science, Mind is one, including noumenon and phenomena, God and Mind’s thoughts.

Mother. God: divine and eternal Principle; Life, Truth, and Love.

Day. The illumination of Life; light, the spiritual idea of Truth and Love.

*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] Gen. 3:16

[2] John 3:8

[3] Luke 23:46; Mark 15:37

[4] Rom. 3:4 (Amplified)

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