June 26, 2019

bible study imageSubject: Size versus the infinite

Golden text: James 3:4*

Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

Mark 7: 1-8

Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) And the Pharisees and the scribes asked [Jesus], “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,

“‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”

21st Century Science and Health**

Mistaken mindsets suppose soul to be insubstantial occupants in substantial bodies, as a result, people feel confined and isolated, instead of free and unified. The human body isn’t substantial in the bigger picture. Spirituality is not confined in mortality. Soul is not divided or bound by relativity. Principle is not found in fragmented ideas.

The human body and consciousness are temporal, but the real substance and consciousness are spiritual and eternal. Spiritual consciousness is not lost, but found through this explanation; for the conscious infinitude of existence and of all identity is thereby discerned and remains unchanged. It is impossible for us to lose anything that is real when God is all and eternally ours. The impulse to believe that mind is in flesh and that the fleshly pleasures, pains, births, illnesses, defects, and deaths are real and can’t be forgotten, is a human conviction and that conviction is all that will ever be lost.

Harmonious individual being has existed forever and is always beyond and above the mortal illusion of life, substance, and intelligence as existent in measurable energies. The Science of being reveals spiritual beings as complete, unbound, even as the Father-Mother is universal. Reality is governed by Soul instead of sense, by the law of Spirit, not by the so-called laws of physics.

God is Love, the divine Father-Mother, infinite Principle, called Person. Our true consciousness is in the mental, not in any bodily or independent likeness of Spirit. Indeed, the body presents no proper likeness of divinity, though human ego would gladly have us believe otherwise.

Mark 7: 9-16

 And [Jesus] said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)— 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”

21st Century Science and Health

When using the light of divine Science, we see beyond the surface of mortals and detect inverted thoughts and erroneous beliefs so as not to be fooled by them. We also borrow thought from a higher source than human knowledge to look at cause rather than effect, to see celestial Truth replace error.

Keep clearly in thought that we are the offspring of God, not of human beings; that we are spiritual, not defined by limitations; that Soul is Spirit, never trapped inside anything. Neither Quantum energy nor matter gives the body sensation and life. It breaks the dream of disease to understand that sickness is formed by the human mind, not by viruses, physiological malfunctions, time, or divine Mind.

By not seeing how mortal human mind acts beneficially or injuriously on health, morals, and happiness, we are misled in our conclusions and methods. If we throw the weight of thought on the wrong side, we could actually injure those whom we mean to bless.

Suffering is just as much a mental condition as enjoyment. You not only cause bodily suffering mentally, but you can also aggravate the suffering by admitting its reality and persistence. In the same way, you enhance your joys by believing them to be real and continuous. When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, “Owe, I am hurt!” Your thought is more powerful than your words, more powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real.

Now reverse the action. Affirm that you are not hurt and understand the reason why. You will then find the resulting good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics and your fidelity to divine metaphysics. You will have confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Mind to be.

To heal the sick, you must be familiar with the great truths of being. Humanity is no more fleshly in their waking hours than when they act, walk, see, hear, enjoy, or suffer in dreams. We can never treat human mind and flesh separately because they combine as one. Give up the belief that mind is even temporarily compressed within the skull and you will understand yourself and your Maker better than before.

Mark 7:24-30

 And from there [Jesus} arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

21st Century Science and Health

The movement cure—treating disease by manipulating muscles or bones to make the body sensibly well when it ought to be insensibly so—is another traditional mistake, resulting from the common notion that health depends on inert matter instead of on Mind. Can the body either feel good or bad without its mind?

We should relieve our minds from the depressing thought that we have violated a human law and must pay the penalty. Let us reassure ourselves with the law of Love. God never punishes us for doing right. Love never penalizes us for honest labor or deeds of kindness even if we are exposed to fatigue, cold, heat, and contagion. If we seem to incur a penalty, this is but the false-ego or human mind’s conclusion. Unfair repercussions are not established by wisdom, and our nonconformity to injustice can nullify the penalty. Through this action of thought and its results upon the body, students will prove to themselves by small beginnings the grand verities of divine Science

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. Why shouldn’t truth also destroy sickness?

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

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.

The calm voice of Truth sounds like a lion’s roar to the human mind; Love is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear. The “still small voice”[1] of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean.

Psalm 147:12-18

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
he blesses your children within you.
14 He makes peace in your borders;
he fills you with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sends out his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
16 He gives snow like wool;
he scatters frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs;
who can stand before his cold?
18 He sends out his word, and melts them;
he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.

21st Century Science and Health

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.

The understanding of what governs the universe harmoniously is comprehended slowly and it comes with doubts and disappointments, as well as successes.

We resist Spirit because our learned behaviors come with the belief that temporal systems benefit us. When we admit that short-term benefits provide no lasting answer, we turn toward the eternal Spirit. Remove error from thought and it will not appear in effect.

We cannot fill vessels already full. Vessels full of the impracticable must first be emptied. Let us strip off error and stand in the showers of God and come clean.

The way to extract error from human mind is to pour in truth through flood-waters of Love. Spiritual perfection, including Christian perfection, is won on no other basis.

Spiritual Science presents unfoldment, not accumulation. Mind-science presents revelation, not big bang. There is no growth from material molecule to mind. Creation is the impartation of divine Mind.

*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] I Kings 19:12 (NKJV)

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