March 27, 2019

bible study imageSubject: Research

Golden text: I Peter 2:2*

 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.

John 4:7-12

 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.”

21st Century Science and Health**

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

The everlasting I AM isn’t bound or compressed within the narrow limits of physical humanity, nor can Spirit be correctly understood through mortal concepts. The precise form of God must be of small importance in comparison with the sublime questions: What is infinite Mind? What is divine Love? What is metaphysical Truth?

Spiritual interpretation removes spiritual unawareness and ill-health by overcoming the thoughts which produce them and by understanding the spiritual idea which corrects and replaces them. Jesus’ mission was to reveal the truth of spiritual reality to all humankind, even to the hearts which rejected him.

When numbers have been divided according to a fixed rule, the answer is unquestionable. The scientific tests I have made concerning the effects of truth upon the sick are just as unquestionable. The counter fact relative to any disease is required for the cure. Truth spoken and realized is designed to disprove and destroy error and sin.

John 4:13-15

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

21st Century Science and Health

Spiritual involvement heals, while material attachment interferes with truth. Ritualism and creed stifle spirituality. If we trust materiality, we distrust Spirit.

To cure a patient, the practitioner must first dismiss their own moral evils. Purification allows the practitioner to attain the spiritual freedom and ability to drive physical evils out of the patient. Healing will not radiate from someone who is so spiritually unproductive that they are unable to give drink to the thirsty or reach the patient’s thought. Mental poverty alienates faith and understanding.

Song, sermon, and Science—crumbs of comfort—are capable to inspire us with wisdom, Truth, and Love. Spiritual comfort blesses the human family, feeds the unsatisfied, and gives living water to the thirsty.

John 4: 16-26

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”

21st Century Science and Health

Effective prayer comes from enlightened understanding, from divine Mind, not human mind. Human thinking changes indefinitely, so turn to divine Science and spiritual understanding for prayers.

Does Deity help one worshipper but not another, even if they offer the same measure of prayer? In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may profit from God, as “ready to help when we need him.”[1] Love is impartial and universal in its spiritualization and generosity. The sick can recover when they pray, or are prayed for. The infinite Source calls out, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters.”[2]

The great spiritual fact must be brought out that God’s child is, not will be, perfect and spiritual. We must hold forever the consciousness of existence and sooner or later, through Truth and Christian Science, we must break out of limited perceptions, out of sin and death. The evidence of our spirituality will become more apparent, as habituated thinking is given up, and the unending facts of being are admitted.

John 4: 27-30

 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.

21st Century Science and Health

As time moves on, the healing elements of pure spirituality will be honestly dealt with. Mind-healing will be researched and taught and will sparkle in all the elegance of universal goodness.

The Christian Scientist finds only effects, where the ordinary physician looks for causes. The real jurisdiction of the world is in Mind, Spirit, controlling every effect and recognizing all causation as established in divine Mind.

Not only hypnosis, but also brain research proves the power of the human imagination and its ability to create impressions that can either help or harm us. Researchers have found clues that indicate how the human brain combines information from different senses and then modifies them with the imagination. In a study published 2013 in Current Biology, a scientific journal from the Karolinski Institutet, Christopher Berger, doctoral student at the department of neuroscience, wrote, “Specifically, we found that what we imagine hearing can change what we actually see, and what we imagine seeing can change what we actually hear.”[3] This information begs the questions: Which is more powerful the brain or the imagination? Or are they both the same? The human brain can’t ultimately correct itself and the imagination can’t be mechanically corrected, but we can understand how divine Mind corrects. We can learn how spiritual thoughts reveal health.

“Work out your salvation,”[4] is the demand of Life and Love, for to this end God works with you, “Until I come back.”[5]

Isaiah 57:14-15

And it shall be said,
“Build up, build up, prepare the way,
remove every obstruction from my people’s way.”
15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly,
and to revive the heart of the contrite.

21st Century Science and Health

It is difficult for the narcissistic attitude to accept divine Science, because Science exposes the nonbeing of a separate self. The sooner error is reduced to its native nothingness, the sooner realness appears and our genuine being is understood. The destruction of error is by no means the destruction of Truth or Love, but is the acknowledgment of them.

Absorbed in mortal human selfhood, we discern and reflect faintly the substance of Life or Mind. Try this: disengage thought from a selfhood separate from the divine and discern your spiritual and eternal individuality. Release erroneous knowledge gained from the physical senses or anything attached to measurable material energy.

Dynamic 21st-century research, and altering social environments provide increasing data and evidence to contradict conventional scientific theories concerning our origin. Instead of debating the old theories, we can bless the human race by understanding why we are more than flesh and blood and why we can detach ourselves from limited concepts.

Natural history is richly endowed by the labors and genius of great people. Modern breakthroughs, biotechnology, in vitro fertilization, and cloning, have brought to light important facts in regard to supposed embryonic life. But, to suppose life germinates in anything other than Mind is a blunder. All theories within the material realm never reach past the temporal. They will finally give place to higher theories and demonstrations.

It’s not complicated. In the 20th-century, our thinking shifted dramatically from believing life originates sexually or asexually through an egg, bud, or self-division. Biotechnology now claims that life can start in the laboratory. But, should we look at a bud, a cell, or DNA as the starting point of the most complicated bodily structures, including those which we call human life? Unless this question is answered with some metaphysical consideration, physical research will be random and open to vulnerability and death. It’s no wonder our theories and experiences will continue to change as programmed human thinking is replaced by spiritual reality.

Advance naturally from what we call matter into Spirit. Don’t try to frustrate the spiritual ultimate of all things by ignoring, or forcing, spirituality, but emerge gently into Spirit through better health and improved morals. Not death, but the understanding of Life, makes us spiritual. The belief that life can be in material so-called substance or that we spring from dust or DNA, is the result of mortal error which Truth destroys by fulfilling the spiritual law of being, in which we are whole, even as “your heavenly Father is perfect.”[6]

*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] Ps. 46:1 (NASB)

[2] Isa. 55:1

[3] Imagination can change what we hear and see. Accessed 7/24/2017 http://ki.se/en/news/imagination-can-change-what-we-hear-and-see

[4] Phil. 2:12

[5] Luke 19:13

[6] Matt. 5:48

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