May 23, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Connections

Golden text: Genesis 9:3*

 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

Daniel 6:1-9

It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”

Then these high officials and satraps came by agreement to the king and said to him, “O King Darius, live forever! All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.” Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Fear makes us weepy, dishonest, touchy, stubborn, and egotistical.

Human beings are egotists. They stroll around believing themselves independent workers, elite authors, or privileged originators of something God could in no way ever manifest. The creations of human mind represent the foibles of existence, whereas Spirit’s individual images represent the truth of creation.

It is foolish to think our own sins will be less sinful if we attack someone else who we believe is sinful.

Daniel 6:10-12

When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. 11 Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God. 12 Then they came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, “O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Human beings are made up of involuntary and voluntary error, of a negative right and a positive wrong, the latter calling itself right. The individuality of spiritual person is never wrong. Our spirituality is the likeness of God, Truth. Quantum fields cannot connect humans with spiritual being. The demands of isolatable matter are annulled as we acknowledge the supremacy of Spirit. It is only in this way that human beings can advance out of mortality and find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes us forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from divine Mind.

To suppose that stupidity, lust, hatred, envy, hypocrisy, revenge, have life abiding in them is a terrible mistake.

Daniel 6: 16

16 Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!”

From 21st Century Science and Health

We have overwhelming proof that the human mind claims to control every organ of the mortal body. But this mind is a myth and must by its own consent yield to Truth. Although the human mind throws its weight around, it is powerless. The immortal divine Mind takes away the human minds assumed identities and saves human mind from itself. I have endeavored to make the ideas in this book the medicine of mind and body, to give hope and healing to the needy, even if they don’t know how the work is done. Truth has a healing effect even when not fully understood.

The pursuit of understanding through physical means creates contradictions. Ethics problems and fears of hacking accompany brain-controlled interfaces and artificial intelligence. Yet we can watch on Youtube [1], the power of thought, when Juliano Pinto, a paraplegic, makes the first kick for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with the help of a mind-controlled robot, by thinking, “Kick.” Why not research and understand thoughts of divine Mind?

As human beings give up the delusion that there is more than one Mind, more than one God, spiritual individuality, ever connected to and in God’s likeness will appear. Our eternal identity includes no illusive elements.

Make the effort to banish all thoughts of disease and sin and of other beliefs connected to mortality. Our spirituality has an indestructible life. It is the mortal thinking which makes the body disordered and diseased in proportion as spiritual unawareness, fear, or human-will governs us.

Human thoughts have their degrees of comparison. Some thoughts are better than others. A belief in Truth is better than a belief in error, but no mortal belief is founded on the divine rock. Mortal testimony can be shaken. Until belief becomes faith, and faith becomes spiritual understanding, human thought has only a marginal connection to the actual or divine.

Daniel 6:19-22

19 Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Mind, supreme over all its formations and governing them all, is the central sun of its own system of ideas. God is the life and light of its own incalculable creation. We acknowledge divine Mind. The measurable human body or mind is not God’s child.

The universe of Spirit reflects the powerful creativity of the divine Principle or Life, which reproduces the multitudinous forms of Mind and governs the increase of multifaceted spiritual being. The tree and herb do not yield fruit because of any propagating power of their own, but because they reflect the Mind which includes all. A world with mindlessness implies a human mortal mind as creator. The scientific divine creation declares immortal Mind and the universe created by God.

Diseases appear like other mental states, through association. Erroneous thoughts connect to one another and the condition is classified as a disease. Some diseases are regarded as contagious. Contagion is the human activity of copying and pasting sick thoughts from one mind and body to another.

We will avoid continually talking about disease just as we would avoid advocating crime. It is to our advantage never to let sympathy and society tempt us to cherish error in any form, and certainly we should not be error’s advocate.

John 4:34

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The life of Christ Jesus was not miraculous but was indigenous to his spirituality—the good soil wherein the seed of Truth is heard, understood, and found producing a great crop.[2] Spirituality is the consistent link of scientific being, connecting all space and time in the design of Love. Weakness, illusion, and unruliness do not exist in divine Science.

Human beings may think that food upsets the healthy functions of mind and body. If this is the case, either the food or this thought must be abandoned, for the penalty is connected to the thinking. Which shall it be? Leaving the decision to divine Science, the control of Mind will be given the advantage over the faulty thinking and condition. The less we know or think about diet and digestion, the less likely we are inclined to be sick. Remember, although we have been trained to believe otherwise, it is not the body, nerves, or organs, but human mind which reports food as undigested or problematic. The human mind’s report is a pseudo-mental testimony and can be destroyed only by the better results of Mind’s opposite testimony.

“The Word became flesh.”[3] Truth must be known by its effects on the body as well as on the human mind before the Science of being can be demonstrated. The idea of the Word becoming flesh was embodied in the incarnate Jesus. He was a life-link forming the connection through which the real reaches the unreal, through which Soul rebukes mortal impressions, and Truth destroys error.

For centuries—yes, always—natural science has not really been considered a part of religion. Even now many people consider the conventional sciences to have no proper connection to faith and spirituality. However, mystery does not obscure Christ’s teachings. Truth’s instructions are not theoretical and fragmentary but are practical and open to new discoveries that reveal ongoing completion and law. And being practical and comprehensive, God’s laws are not deprived of their essential vitality.

The carnal human mentality, misnamed mind, is mortal. But the idea of resurrection and ascension, shows that a mortal creature is not our real essence. Our real essence can’t be annihilated because of the indissoluble immortal connection between God and us. In divine Science, mortality disappears in the presence of reality.

Electricity is not a vital energy, but the least material form of illusive mortal consciousness. Human minds and electricity are one and the same, though in different forms. The human body doesn’t define us as individuals any more than electronic bionics define us or physicality. Electricity doesn’t serve as a connection between the physical and Mind, or between flesh and intelligence. Neuron implants and chemicals don’t make us smarter. Pull the plug, withhold the chemical, and learn their unreliability and false claim to power. Look at the bigger picture, electricity is self-destructive.

Electricity is the sharp surplus of materiality which counterfeits the true essence of spirituality or truth. The great difference between electricity and spirituality is that spirituality is intelligence while electricity is not.

The way through which immortality and life are learned is not ecclesiastical but divine, not human but holy, not physical but metaphysical, not material but scientifically spiritual. Human philosophy, ethics, and superstition afford no demonstrable divine Principle by which human beings can escape from sin and mortality; yet to find safety in Love is what faith demands.

*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, 6th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] World Cup 2014: First Kick Made By Paralyzed Man With Help of Mind-Controlled Robot, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcAvtglo9Jg (Accessed 4/16/2018) Updated paragraph

[2] Matt. 13:23; Mark 4:20; Luke 8:15

[3] John 1:14

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