July 18, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Systems

Golden text: Jeremiah 1:18-19*

“Stand at attention while I prepare you for your work. I’m making you as impregnable as a castle, Immovable as a steel post, solid as a concrete block wall. You’re a one-man defense system against this culture, Against Judah’s kings and princes, against the priests and local leaders. They’ll fight you, but they won’t even scratch you. I’ll back you up every inch of the way.” God’s Decree.

I kings 11:1, 6-7, 26-39

King Solomon was obsessed with women.

6-7 Solomon openly defied God; he did not follow in his father David’s footsteps. He went on to build a sacred shrine to Chemosh, the horrible god of Moab, and to Molech, the horrible god of the Ammonites, on a hill just east of Jerusalem.

26 And then, the last straw: Jeroboam son of Nebat rebelled against the king. He was an Ephraimite from Zeredah, his mother a widow named Zeruah. He served in Solomon’s administration.

27-28 This is why he rebelled. Solomon had built the outer defense system (the Millo) and had restored the fortifications that were in disrepair from the time of his father David. Jeroboam stood out during the construction as strong and able. When Solomon observed what a good worker he was, he put the young man in charge of the entire workforce of the tribe of Joseph.

29-30 One day Jeroboam was walking down the road out of Jerusalem. Ahijah the prophet of Shiloh, wearing a brand-new cloak, met him. The two of them were alone on that remote stretch of road. Ahijah took off the new cloak that he was wearing and ripped it into twelve pieces.

31-33 Then he said to Jeroboam, “Take ten of these pieces for yourself; this is by order of the God of Israel: See what I’m doing—I’m ripping the kingdom out of Solomon’s hands and giving you ten of the tribes. In honor of my servant David and out of respect for Jerusalem, the city I especially chose, he will get one tribe. And here’s the reason: He faithlessly abandoned me and went off worshiping Ashtoreth goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh god of the Moabites, and Molech god of the Ammonites. He hasn’t lived the way I have shown him, hasn’t done what I have wanted, and hasn’t followed directions or obeyed orders as his father David did.

34-36 “Still, I won’t take the whole kingdom away from him. I’ll stick with him through his lifetime because of my servant David whom I chose and who did follow my directions and obey my orders. But after that I’ll remove the kingdom from his son’s control and give you ten tribes. I’ll leave one tribe to his son, to maintain a witness to my servant David in Jerusalem, the city I chose as a memorial to my Name.

37-39 “But I have taken you in hand. Rule to your heart’s content! You are to be the king of Israel.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

A balanced system and mind, mentally sustained by Truth, goes on naturally.

Humanity slowly yields to the thoughts of divine Mind and looks away from physics to metaphysics as the cause of every effect. In this revolutionary period, physical hypotheses challenge metaphysics to meet in final combat.

In this final struggle for supremacy, semi-metaphysical systems offer no substantial aid to scientific metaphysics. Arguments based on the false testimony of the physical senses as well as on the facts of Mind, savor confusion, disorder, pandemonium, a house divided against its self.[1]

We are susceptible to believe in more than one supreme ruler, or in some power less than God. We imagine that Mind can be imbedded in a sensuous body. What happens when the material body takes a turn for the worse and gives out? What happens when the belief of life in unstable matter overloads and crashes? Do you believe the deathless Soul escapes from matter and lives on? But those are unworkable questions. Death is not a springboard to eternal Life and happiness. The person who neglects their spirituality is a suicide. Sin kills the sinner and will continue to kill so long as sin is committed. The ranting and raving of illegitimate living and of fearful and pitiful dying should disappear on the shore of time where the waves of sin, sorrow, and ruin beat in vain.

Immortal ideas are perfectly real and tangible to spiritual consciousness, plus they have the advantage over the objects and thoughts of limited senses because they are good and eternal.

All other systems—systems based wholly or partly on knowledge gained through the physical senses—are reeds swayed by the wind,[2] not houses built on the rock.[3]

I would not transform the infant immediately into an adult, nor would I keep the infant a lifelong newborn. No impossible thing do I ask when urging the claims of Christian Science; but because this teaching is in advance of the times, we should not deny our need of its spiritual unfoldment. Humanity will improve through Science and spirituality. The necessity for spiritualizing humanity comes from the fact that Mind can do it. Mind, God, can impart purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weakness, and health instead of disease. Truth improves the entire system and can heal “the whole body.”[4]

Romans 3:26-31

God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness.

27-28 So where does that leave our proud Jewish insider claims and counterclaims? Canceled? Yes, canceled. What we’ve learned is this: God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. We’ve finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade.

29-30 And where does that leave our proud Jewish claim of having a corner on God? Also canceled. God is the God of outsider non-Jews as well as insider Jews. How could it be otherwise since there is only one God? God sets right all who welcome his action and enter into it, both those who follow our religious system and those who have never heard of our religion.

31 But by shifting our focus from what we do to what God does, don’t we cancel out all our careful keeping of the rules and ways God commanded? Not at all. What happens, in fact, is that by putting that entire way of life in its proper place, we confirm it.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Consciousness constructs a better body when faith in limited perceptions is conquered. Correct human mortal convictions by spiritual understanding and Spirit will form you anew. You will never fear again except to offend God, and you will never believe that hormones, cells, the heart, central nervous system, or any portion of the body can destroy you.

If you want your colon, uterus, lymphatic system, or lungs to stay healthy, with excellent capacity, be always ready mentally to protest against unhealthy beliefs. Dismiss all notions about tumors, inherited diseases, weak lungs, or suffering, arising from any circumstance. You will find that human mind, when instructed by Truth, allows the body to be guided into health by means of divine power.

The Christian Scientist, understanding that all is Mind, commences with mental causation, the truth of being, to destroy the disease, or error. This remedy has the power to correct positively, and to reach to every part of the human system. According to Scripture, it searches the “joints and marrow,”[5] and restores the healthy functions of the body.

We must continue to wiggle our way out of human systems and theories, whether time-honored or not, if we would gain the Truth as our only Savior. Not in part, but totally, the great healer of human mind is the healer of the body.

The purpose and motive to live spiritually can be achieved now. Getting off to the right start, you have taken the preliminary steps in divine Science and nothing but wrong intention can obstruct your advancement. Working and praying with true motives, your Father will open the way. “Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?”[6]

Human mind and divine Mind are opposites. One is contrary to the other in its very nature and essence, consequently, they both can’t be real. Only by understanding that there is but one power—not two powers—are scientific and logical conclusions reached. We must continue to admit that spiritual intelligence is apart from mortal beings and measurable energy. Spiritual intelligence is expressing and controlling the universe. Spiritual intelligence is synonymous with the eternal Mind or divine Principle, Love.

Prophets looked for something higher than the systems of their times; hence their foresight of the new dispensation of Truth, but they lacked a systematic teaching of God in Truth’s more infinite meanings. The demonstration that overcomes sin, sickness, and death establishes the definition of omnipotence and maintains the Science of Spirit.

The arrogance of being a church official is a ruler of this world. Arrogance has nothing in Christ. Humility, honesty, and charity have divine authority. Mortals think wrongly, consequently they seem to work against themselves and others. They think sickly thoughts, and so become sick. If sin makes sinners, Truth and Love alone can unmake them. If a sense of disease produces suffering and a sense of ease antidotes suffering, disease is mental. Logic has it that human mind suffers, and that divine Mind alone heals.

In founding a pathological system of spirituality, I have labored to expound divine Principle and not to exalt personality. The weapons of bigotry, idolatry, spiritual unawareness, and envy, will fall before an honest heart. The mindset that adulterates divine Science is the mindset trying to void out Science. Falsity has no foundation.

Dishonesty and a lack of spiritual experience do not establish, and cannot overthrow, a scientific system of ethics.

This system of Mind-healing is supported by the understanding of the nature and essence of all being—by the divine Mind and Love’s essential qualities. Its pharmacy is moral, and its medicine is intellectual and spiritual, though used for physical healing. Yet this most fundamental part of metaphysics is the most difficult to understand and demonstrate, for thoughts of physical flesh and blood seem so real, until such thoughts are rectified by Spirit.

In the system of Mind, Soul is the central Life and intelligence around which circles all thoughts harmoniously.

*Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

**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. 12:25; Mark 3:25; Luke 11:17

[2] Matt. 11:7; Luke 7:24

[3] Matt. 7:24; Luke 6:49

[4] John 7:23 (REB)

[5] Heb. 4:12

[6] Gal. 5:7

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