January 15, 2020

bible study imageSubject: God’s plan

Golden text: Isaiah 25:1*

O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

Amos 5: 1-2, 4-5, 14-15

Hear this word that I take up over you in lamentation, O house of Israel:

“Fallen, no more to rise,
is the virgin Israel;
forsaken on her land,
with none to raise her up.”

For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel:

“Seek me and live;
    but do not seek Bethel,
and do not enter into Gilgal
or cross over to Beersheba;
for Gilgal shall surely go into exile,
and Bethel shall come to nothing.”

14 Seek good, and not evil,
that you may live;
and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,
as you have said.
15 Hate evil, and love good,
and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

21st Century Science and Health**

When translating material terms back into the original spiritual tongue, it is difficult to give the correct impression.

SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF SPIRITUAL DIVINE MIND

GOD: Divine Principle, Mind, Soul, Life, Love, Truth, Spirit.

PERSON (individual, man and woman): God’s spiritual idea, image, perfect, eternal.

IDEA: An image in Mind; “Synonyms idea, concept, conception, thought, notion, impression, means what exists in the mind as a representation (as of something comprehended) or as a formulation (as of a plan).”[1]

SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF HUMAN MIND

First Degree: Spiritual unawareness.
PHYSICAL. Evil thinking, obsessions, negative appetites, fear, corrupt will, self-justification, arrogance, envy, deceit, hatred, revenge, sin, sickness, disease, death.

Second Degree: Disappearance of self-destructive thinking.
MORAL. Humanity, honesty, constructive inclinations, compassion, hope, faith, humility, moderation.

Third Degree: Understanding.
SPIRITUAL. Wisdom, purity, spiritual understanding, spiritual power, love, health, holiness.

In the third degree, human mind disappears and individuals as God’s image appear. Science reverses the evidence before the physical human senses. Science makes this Scriptural testimony true in our hearts, “Many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first,”[2] so that God and Love’s idea may be to us what divinity really is and must of necessity be—all-embracing.

A correct view of Christian Science and of its application includes vastly more than can be seen at first. Many works on metaphysics do not recognize the power of Mind as the Messiah, leaving the grand point untouched. We want to carry the day against time-based enemies—even to the extinction of all belief in materialism, evil, disease, and death. Pure metaphysics insists on the fact that God is all, therefore divisible substance is nothing but an image in human mind.

Mark 1:21-27

 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath [Jesus] entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”

21st Century Science and Health

We master the body when we see it isn’t our entity or identity. Entering a more spiritual sense of the facts, we are able to comprehend the theology of Jesus as demonstrated in healing the sick, raising the dead, and walking over the wave. Jesus’ actions were proof that he had control over the thinking that physical laws or human minds were power, substance, the determiner of life, or the constructor of any form of existence.

We don’t read that Luke or Paul made a reality of disease in order to discover a means of healing. Jesus didn’t discuss disease or ask whether it was acute or chronic. He never recommended attention to laws of biological health. He didn’t give drugs and didn’t pray to know whether God was willing that an individual should live. Jesus understood individuality, whose Life is God, to be spiritual. He apparently knew that God’s children do not have an outer shell and an inner being, one to be destroyed and the other to be made indestructible.

The preventative and curative arts belong emphatically to divine Science, as would be readily seen if the Science of Spirit, God, was understood. Unscientific methods find dead ends because they are limited to their own laws. What advantages do methods using mindless materials have over unlimited Mind and spirituality?

No one is physically healed in willful experimentation, any more than she or he is morally saved in or by sin. It is a mistake even to complain or to be angry over sin. To be whole, people must be better spiritually as well as physically. To be spiritual, we must forsake the temporal sense of things, turn away from the lies of false beliefs, look to Truth, and gather the facts of being from the divine Mind. The body improves under the same plan which perfects the thought. If health is not made evident under this plan, it proves that fear is controlling the body.

Fear is to be overcome, instead of cultivated. Fear makes us weepy, dishonest, touchy, stubborn, and egotistical.

As human thought changes from one stage to another, from conscious pain to painlessness, from sorrow to joy, from fear to hope, and from faith to understanding, the visible manifestation will at last be self-governed by Soul. Reflecting God’s control, you are no longer controlled by physical sense or mind. When subordinate to divine Spirit, we cannot be controlled by sin or death, and material theories about laws of health lose their hold.

Acts 25:1-5, 8-12

Now three days after Festus had arrived in the province, [Paul] went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea. And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews laid out their case against Paul, and they urged him, asking as a favor against Paul that he summon him to Jerusalem—because they were planning an ambush to kill him on the way. Festus replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea and that he himself intended to go there shortly. “So,” said he, “let the men of authority among you go down with me, and if there is anything wrong about the man, let them bring charges against him.”

Paul argued in his defense, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I committed any offense.” But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and there be tried on these charges before me?” 10 But Paul said, “I am standing before Caesar’s tribunal, where I ought to be tried. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you yourself know very well. 11 If then I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death. But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar.” 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with his council, answered, “To Caesar you have appealed; to Caesar you shall go.”

21st Century Science and Health

Faith, not advanced to understanding, can cooperate with the trained thinking that time and medication produce a healing effect. The result relieves fear and changes the experience of disease to an experience of health. Blind faith removes bodily ailments for a season. Hypnotism changes one problem into new and more difficult forms of problems. The Science of Mind must come to the rescue and work a radical cure, and we then understand the process. The great fact remains that evil is not mind. Evil has no power, no intelligence, for God is good and therefore good is limitless, is All.

We may say that a combination of certain physical circumstances produces disease. If the physical body causes disease, can physical matter cure what it caused? Human mind prescribes and administers drugs. Human mind plans the exercise and puts the body through certain motions. No gastric gas accumulates, no cell functions, no hormones operate, apart from the action of mortal thought, alias human mind.

The mechanisms of the human mind and body seem to talk to one another, but the mind is both the server and receiver. Nerves are unable to talk. Hormones can return no answer to spiritual Mind. If Mind is all-acting, how can mechanism be automatic? Human mind perpetuates its own thought. It constructs a machine, manages it, and then calls it material. A computer at work and the action of a processor is but a derivative form and continuation of the primitive human mind. Without human mind force, the body is devoid of action and this deadness shows that so-called fleshly life was only the so-called human mind.

Scientifically speaking, there is no human mind out of which to make incomplete beliefs proceeding from illusion. This misnamed mind is not an entity. What we call human personality or mind is only a false sense of substance, since its substance has no sensitivity. The one Mind contains no human opinions. All that is real is included in spiritual Mind.

Mind. The only I, or Us; the only Spirit, Soul, divine Principle, substance, Life, Truth, Love; the one God; not that which is in man and woman, but the divine Principle of whom God’s child is the full and complete expression; Deity, which outlines but is not outlined.

God made us free.

To hold yourself superior to negativity, because God made you superior to it and governs us, is true wisdom.

*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] By permission. From the Merriam-Webster Online,© 2007 by Merriam-Webster, Incorporated (www.Merriam-Webster.com).

[2] Matt. 19:30; Mark 9:35, 10:31; Luke 13:30

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