April 29, 2020

bible study imageGolden text: Hebrews 7:25*

Earlier there were a lot of priests, for they died and had to be replaced. But Jesus’ priesthood is permanent. He’s there from now to eternity to save everyone who comes to God through him, always on the job to speak up for them.

Daniel 10:1-3

In the third year of the reign of King Cyrus of Persia, a message was made plain to Daniel, whose Babylonian name was Belteshazzar. The message was true. It dealt with a big war. He understood the message, the understanding coming by revelation:

2-3 “During those days, I, Daniel, went into mourning over Jerusalem for three weeks. I ate only plain and simple food, no seasoning or meat or wine. I neither bathed nor shaved until the three weeks were up.

Daniel 11:2-4

 “‘But now let me tell you the truth of how things stand: Three more kings of Persia will show up, and then a fourth will become richer than all of them. When he senses that he is powerful enough as a result of his wealth, he will go to war against the entire kingdom of Greece.

“‘Then a powerful king will show up and take over a huge territory and run things just as he pleases. But at the height of his power, with everything seemingly under control, his kingdom will split into four parts, like the four points of the compass. But his heirs won’t get in on it. There will be no continuity with his kingship. Others will tear it to pieces and grab whatever they can get for themselves.

Daniel 12: 1-3

“‘That’s when Michael, the great angel-prince, champion of your people, will step in. It will be a time of trouble, the worst trouble the world has ever seen. But your people will be saved from the trouble, every last one found written in the Book. Many who have been long dead and buried will wake up, some to eternal life, others to eternal shame.

“‘Men and women who have lived wisely and well will shine brilliantly, like the cloudless, star-strewn night skies. And those who put others on the right path to life will glow like stars forever.

21st Century Science and Health**

To suppose that God constitutes laws of chaos is a mistake. Balance and peace are supported by nature and divine law, even when everything else says otherwise.

Eternal Truth is changing the universe and physical forces are trying to keep up. Don’t be impressed by materialist views that support physical forces. Instead, experience spiritual thought expanding into expression. “Let there be light,”[1] is the perpetual demand of Truth and Love, changing chaos into order and discord into the music of the spheres.[2] The material theories of creation provide nothing to build on, and are unable to support views of creation as revealed by infinite Mind.

The Science of Mind needs to be understood. Until it is understood, human beings are more or less deprived of truth. Human theories are helpless to make people harmonious or spiritual. In divine Science we already are harmonious and spiritual. Our only need is to know this and reduce to practice our divine Principle, Love.

“Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt.”[3] Human belief (knowledge gained from the physical senses) would by fair logic, annihilate people along with the disintegrating elements of matter. The scientifically Christian explanations of the nature and origin of spiritual being destroys all mortal sense with immortal testimony.

This immortal testimony ushers in the spiritual sense of existence, which can’t be obtained in any other way.

Unite with the truth of being as opposed to the ingrained error that life, substance, or intelligence can be in matter. Pray with an honest conviction of truth and a clear perception of the unchanging, unmistaken, and certain effect of divine Science. Then, if your faithfulness is half equal to the truth of your prayer, you will heal the sick.

It must be clear to you that sickness is no more the reality of being than is sin. This mortal dream of sickness, sin, and death should cease through divine Science. Then one disease would be as readily destroyed as another. Whatever the un-Godlike thinking is, it must not be accepted. The belief must be rejected, and the rejection must extend to the supposed disease and to whatever decides its type and symptoms. Truth is affirmative and confers harmony. All metaphysical logic is inspired by this simple rule of Truth, which governs all reality. By the truthful reasoning you employ, and especially by the spirit of Truth and Love which you entertain, you will heal the sick.

Include moral as well as physical belief in your efforts to destroy error. Exclude all manner of evil. “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”[4] Speak the truth to error in its every disguise. Tumors, ulcers, acne, inflammation, tics, pain, deformed joints, are waking dream-shadows, dark images of human thought, which vanish in the light of Truth.

A moral issue may hinder the recovery of the sick. Lurking error, lust, envy, revenge, selfishness, malice, or hate will perpetuate or even create the belief in disease. Errors of all sorts gravitate downward. Your true course is to destroy the foe and leave the field to God, Life, Truth, and Love, remembering that God and God’s ideas alone are real and harmonious.

If your patient suffers a relapse, mentally and courageously treat its cause. Know that there can be no reaction in Truth. Disease itself, sin, and fear have no power to cause disease or a relapse. Disease has no intelligence with which to move itself around or to change itself from one form to another. If disease moves, it is mind not matter that moves it; therefore, be sure that you move it out. Meet every adverse circumstance as its conqueror. Observe mind instead of body. Make sure nothing enters thought that is unfit for development. Think less of temporal conditions and more of spiritual.

Mind produces all action. If action proceeds from Truth, from spiritual Mind, there is harmony; whereas human mind is liable to any phase of belief. A relapse cannot in reality occur in human beings or so-called human minds, for there is but one Mind, one God. Never fear the mental mal-practitioner, the mental assassin, who, in attempting to rule humankind, tramples upon the divine Principle of metaphysics, because God is the only power. To succeed in healing, you must conquer your own fears as well as those of your patients and advance into spiritual, pure consciousness.

If it is found necessary to treat against relapse, know that disease or its symptoms cannot change forms. The evidence of disease cannot go from one part of the body to another, for Truth destroys disease. There is no metastasis, no stoppage of harmonious action, and no paralysis in Science. Truth not error, Love not hate, Spirit not matter, governs us. If students do not readily heal themselves, they should soon call an experienced metaphysical practitioner to help them. If they are unwilling to do this, they need only to know that error cannot produce this unnatural reluctance.

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. 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.

Mind is the natural stimulus of the body, but human thinking, taken at its best, does not promote health or happiness.

Matthew 5:1-3

When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

Luke 29:29-36

He told them a story. “Look at a fig tree. Any tree for that matter. When the leaves begin to show, one look tells you that summer is right around the corner. The same here—when you see these things happen, you know God’s kingdom is about here. Don’t brush this off: I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for this one, too—these things will happen. Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out.

34-36 “But be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping. Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise, spring on you suddenly like a trap, for it’s going to come on everyone, everywhere, at once. So, whatever you do, don’t go to sleep at the switch. Pray constantly that you will have the strength and wits to make it through everything that’s coming and end up on your feet before the Son of Man.”

21st Century Science and Health

In the Science of Mind-healing, it is imperative to be honest, for victory rests on the side of immutable right. To understand God strengthens hope, advances faith in Truth, and verifies Jesus’ word: “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”[5]

Resisting evil, you overcome it and prove its nothingness. Not human clichés, but divine beatitudes reflect the spiritual light and might which heal the sick. To insist on exercising the human will is to bring on a mesmerized attitude, detrimental to the health and integrity of thought. So, be observant and guard against strong mortal mindedness. Do not protect or cover up iniquity because it only prevents prosperity and the ultimate triumph of any cause. If you are unaware of the error to be eradicated, you will sometimes be abused by it.

The heavenly law is broken by trespassing on our neighbor’s individual rights of self-government. We have no authority in divine Science and no moral right to attempt to influence the thoughts of others except to benefit them. In mental practice, you must not forget that erring human opinions, conflicting selfish motives, and ignorant attempts to do good may render you incapable of knowing or judging accurately the real need of those who you are helping. Therefore, the rule is to heal the sick when called on and save the victims of the mental assassins.

To say that there is no sickness, does not heal the sick. You have to know there is no sickness. Ignorance, subtlety, or false charity does not forever conceal error; evil will in time uncover and punish itself. A balanced system and mind, mentally sustained by Truth, goes on naturally. When sin or sickness—the reverse of harmony—seems real to the fleshly sense, calmly and honestly encourage the patient with truth and spiritual understanding, which destroy disease. Expose and denounce the claims of evil and disease in all their forms, but realize no reality in them. Sinners are not reformed merely by assuring them that they cannot be sinners because there is no sin. To put down the claim of sin, you must detect it, remove the disguise, point out the deception, and thus get the victory over sin and prove its unreality.

At first, Truth leads the few and faithful free thoughts of Truth. As time marches on, those unrestricted thoughts move forward with the motto of freedom. The powers of this world will react and the old-guard will try to stop truth, will try to make it submit to their human standards and systems, but Science is not distracted by threats or assaults, and continues to unfold. There is always some chaos; however, a mobilization to truth’s standard is inevitable.

*Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

**Text from 21st Century Science and Health can’t be reproduced in part or as a whole without the written permission of Healing Science Today

[1] Gen. 1:3

[2] Music of the spheres is a concept frequently credited to Greek philosopher Pythagoras (569 B.C.– approximately 500 B.C.

[3] I Thes. 5:19–20

[4] Mark 16:15

[5] Matt. 28:20

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