July 17, 2019

bible study imageSubject: Truth

Golden text: John 17: 15-19*

[Jesus prayed] I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Joshua 2: 1-10

And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there. And it was told to the king of Jericho, “Behold, men of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land.” Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.” But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. And she said, “True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. And when the gate was about to be closed at dark, the men went out. I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.” But she had brought them up to the roof and hid them with the stalks of flax that she had laid in order on the roof. So the men pursued after them on the way to the Jordan as far as the fords. And the gate was shut as soon as the pursuers had gone out. Before the men lay down, she came up to them on the roof and said to the men, “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction.

21st Century Science and Health**

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.

Can Deity be known through the physical senses? Can the physical senses, which receive no direct evidence of Spirit, give correct testimony as to spiritual life, truth, and love? The answer to all those questions must forever be in the negative.

The physical senses cannot secure proof of God. Spirit isn’t tactile to flesh. Spirit isn’t seen through the physical eye, isn’t heard through the ear, isn’t tasted or smelled by means of technology. Despite their sophistication our physical senses and technology are quite pathetic, unable to detect microscopic particles which are only known by the effects commonly attributed to them.

According to Christian Science, the only real senses are Christ-like and come from divine Mind through revelation. Thought passes from God to us. Sense and information do not go from brain to Mind. The intercommunication is always from God to existence. Electrical synapses are not aware and have no consciousness of good or of evil, of pleasure or of pain. Our individuality is not directly or indirectly measurable. The Science of our spirituality doesn’t come only in the hereafter in what is called heaven, but here and now. Christ-likeness or spirituality, is the great fact of being for time and eternity.

What then is the human personality which suffers, sins, and dies? It is not God’s image and likeness but a counterfeit, an inversion, a misinterpretation, calling itself sin, sickness, birth and death. The incongruous natures of Spirit and spirits, Mind and flesh, uncover the contradiction that assumes human beings are the image of God, intelligence.

Is God a physical personality? Spirit is not physical. The mindset insisting a material body is person will be forced to advance out of itself. The time comes when mindsets give way to a diviner sense of intelligence and its manifestations through the better understanding of divine Principle and idea.

Joshua 2: 12-14, 21

 [Rahab said] “Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that, as I have dealt kindly with you, you also will deal kindly with my father’s house, and give me a sure sign 13 that you will save alive my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.” 14 And the men said to her, “Our life for yours even to death! If you do not tell this business of ours, then when the Lord gives us the land we will deal kindly and faithfully with you.”

21 And she said, “According to your words, so be it.” Then she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.

21st Century Science and Health

Truth imparts a healthy stimulus to the body and regulates the system. Truth increases or diminishes the action as the case may require, better than any drug or feel-good stimulant.

Instruct the sick that they are not helpless victims. If they will accept Truth, they can resist disease and fight it off as positively as they can the temptation to sin. This fact of divine Science should be explained to invalids when they are in a fit mood to receive it, otherwise, they will turn against the new idea. The fact that Truth overcomes both disease and sin reassures depressed hope.

Mind is the natural stimulus of the body, but human thinking taken at its best, does not promote health or happiness. Tell the sick that they can meet disease fearlessly, if they only realize that divine Love gives them all power over physical actions and conditions.

If it becomes necessary to startle human mind to break its dream of suffering, urgently and forcefully tell your patient that they must wake up. Turn the patient’s gaze from the false evidence of physical sense to the harmonious facts of Soul and spirituality. Tell them that they suffer only as the mentally ill suffer, from false beliefs. The only difference is believing the brain is the problem rather than the body, but they both are disorders. Disorder is a word which conveys the true definition of all human beliefs in ill-health or disturbed harmony. Should you thus startle and awaken human mind in order to remove its erroneous belief, afterwards make known to the patient your motive for this shock. Show the patient that the mental jolt was to facilitate recovery.

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?

Who is it that requires our obedience? God, who “controls the stars in the sky and everyone on this earth. When God does something, we cannot change it or even ask why.”[1]

No form or physical organization can adequately represent Love. God can’t be owned. An ownership sense of God leads to narrow-mindedness and formality, in which Christianity loses its warmth and sincerity.

Limitless Mind will not be known through limited human mind, but through divine reason and revelation. Finiteness can’t present the idea or the vastness of infinity. A mind which came from a limited source will be limited. Infinite Mind is the creator and creation is the infinite image or idea emanating from this Mind. If Mind is within and without all things, then all is Mind, and this definition is demonstrable.

John 1: 14-18

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

21st Century Science and Health

“The Word became flesh.”[2] 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.

John 8: 12-14, 39-44

 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.

39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.

21st Century Science and Health

To the ritualistic and hypocritical church authorities, Jesus said, “The tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.”[3]

The human consciousness, often named brain, is the exact opposite of real Mind. Mortal consciousness is made up of errors. We learn in biology and neuroscience that the brain registers suffering and then dies. We learn in theology that our human consciousness is resurrected after death. These erroneous teachings are basically saying that consciousness is born of matter and returns to matter to be later resurrected from dust; whereas divine Science reveals our perpetual spiritual consciousness unaffected by the brain or death.

Progress comes from experience. Humanity is improved as the mortal is dropped for the immortal.

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.”

*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] Dan. 4:35 (CEV)

[2] John 1:14

[3] Matt. 21:31

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