March 20, 2019

bible study imageSubject: Greatness

Golden text: I John 4: 4*

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

II Samuel 23:8-18

 These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite; he was chief of the three. He wielded his spear against eight hundred whom he killed at one time.

And next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar the son of Dodo, son of Ahohi. He was with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel withdrew. 10 He rose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clung to the sword. And the Lord brought about a great victory that day, and the men returned after him only to strip the slain.

11 And next to him was Shammah, the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the men fled from the Philistines. 12 But he took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and struck down the Philistines, and the Lord worked a great victory.

13 And three of the thirty chief men went down and came about harvest time to David at the cave of Adullam, when a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. 14 David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then at Bethlehem. 15 And David said longingly, “Oh, that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!” 16 Then the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate and carried and brought it to David. But he would not drink of it. He poured it out to the Lord 17 and said, “Far be it from me, O Lord, that I should do this. Shall I drink the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. These things the three mighty men did.

21st Century Science and Health**

Now, as in earlier times, signs and wonders are meant to elucidate the divine origin and to substantiate the reality of Truth—to attest to the higher mission of Science to take away the sins of the world.

The physical based sciences would make us believe that both matter and mind are liable to disease, even in spite of our protests. Our moral agency is infringed upon until we see it’s all a big mistake, similar to the error of predestination. Doctrines that earmark our harmony as governed by physical conditions all our earthly days are fading. Matter, as mass or energy, is not superior to the law of Mind.

The god of human-made medicines is flooding the world with diseases. It treats the sick person as if the body is the only factor in the case. But, the spiritual thinker becomes aware that the human mind and body are myths. They realize that infinite Mind could not possibly create a remedy outside of itself, let alone a remedy that is unsustainable. The human mind has an absolute need of something beyond itself for redemption and healing, and gratefully we are spiritual.

Great respect is due to the motives and philanthropy of the higher class of scientists and physicians. As they understand the Science of Mind-healing and its power to benefit all people, physically and spiritually, they will rejoice with us. Even this one reform in medicine would ultimately deliver humankind from the awful and oppressive burdens now enforced by false theories, and from which multitudes would gladly escape.

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.

Matthew 12:42

[Jesus said, ] The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

21st Century Science and Health

Although the great Teacher proved his control over sin and disease, he didn’t relieve others from proving their own spiritual power. Jesus worked as a guide, that people might also demonstrate the power of divine Principle. Smothering Jesus with emotional affection, or claiming to be his devoted follower, will never alone make you like him. You must “go and do likewise,”[1] or you are not improving the great blessings that he worked and suffered to offer. The spirituality of the Christ was made manifest in the humanity of Jesus.

Who will say whether Truth or error is greater? Are brains, nerves, and stomachs intelligent? If they talk to us, tell us their condition and report how they feel then the immutable and mutable, or Truth and error, commingle and produce sickness and health, good and evil, life and death.

The sensations of the body must either be the sensations of human mind or of material flesh. Nerves are not mind. It is provable that Mind is not mortal. Is it not equally true that human mind and its material nerves do not appear in the spiritual understanding of being?

The sensation of sickness and the impulse to sin come by the human mind. Without human mind a tear could not drop; and this action shows the nature of all material cause and effect.

Do not fall back on the saying that “the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.”[2] Sympathy with error should disappear. Science renders impossible the transfer of mistaken thoughts from one mind to another.

Do material atoms have intelligence? Do the material organs cause the eyes to see and the ears to hear? If so, then when the body dematerializes these faculties must be lost. But think different. Mentally dematerialize the faculties and conceive of them as immortal. Our immortality is in Spirit.

Hebrew 6: 13-20

 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 15 And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. 16 For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

21st Century Science and Health

Remember, truth is greater than error and we cannot put the greater into the lesser. Soul is Spirit, and Spirit is greater than body. If Spirit were once within the body, Spirit would be bound and therefore could not be infinite Spirit.

Because you can’t walk on the water and raise the dead, you have no right to question the great might of divine Science in these directions. Be thankful that Jesus, who was the true demonstrator of Science, did these things and left his example for us. With Science, we can use only what we understand. We must prove our faith by demonstration.

People should not linger in the storm if the body is freezing, nor should they remain in devouring flames. Until you are able to prevent bad results, it is best to avoid adverse situations. To be discouraged is to resemble a student who is at an elementary level of mathematics and yet attempts to solve a problem of Euclid, only to deny the rule of the problem because the first effort brought failure.

There is no hypocrisy in Science. Principle is imperative. You can’t mock it by human will. Science is a divine demand, not human.

Civil laws are created to implement fairness and equity in our rights, but more progress is needed, to say the least. Civilization and Science stand strong on the side of justice and encourage the elimination of discrimination, however, every time an effort is made to remedy unfairness, we must make sure that the effort doesn’t encourage difficulties of greater magnitude somewhere else. Higher aims and motives, as well as improved mental character, must be considered as the feasible and rational means of progress.

At some point, we will break through the fleeting and false and learn how Spirit, the great architect, has created us in Science.

Fear of punishment never made a person truly honest. Moral courage is requisite to meet the wrong behavior and proclaim the right. But how is the person, who has more animal courage than moral courage, reformed? How do we help a person who doesn’t have the true idea of good? Through human consciousness, convince the person it is a mistake to look for power and happiness through material means. Reason is the most active human faculty. Let rational thought guide the person’s feelings and awaken their dormant sense of moral obligation. By degrees, they will learn the nothingness of the pleasures of human sense and the greatness and happiness of spiritual sense. This silences the corporeal and the person will not only be saved, but is saved.

The basis of all health, purity, and spirituality is the great fact that God is the only Mind; and this Mind must not merely be believed but it must be understood. To get rid of anything that opposes Love is to deprive the opposition of any supposed mind or reality, and never to admit the competitor can have intelligence or power, pain or pleasure. You conquer error by denying it validity. Our various theories will never lose their imaginary power for good or evil until we lose our faith in them and make life its own proof of harmony and God.

A text in the book of Ecclesiastes conveys the scientific mental thought, especially when the word duty is omitted. Quoting from Moffatt, “Stand in awe of God, obey his orders: that is everything, for every man.”[3] In other words, love God and keep Mind’s commandments: for this is the whole of man and woman in Soul’s image and likeness. Divine Love is infinite. Therefore, all that really exists is in and of God and manifests Truth’s love.

*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] Luke 10:37

[2] Jer. 31:29; Ez. 18:2

[3] Eccl. 12:13 (Moffatt)

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