September 9, 2020

bible study imageSubject: Unlimited consciousness of good

Golden text: II Corinthians 3:18*

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Job 7:1-8, 1216

[Job said] “Do not mortals have hard service on earth?
Are not their days like those of hired laborers?
Like a slave longing for the evening shadows,
or a hired laborer waiting to be paid,
so I have been allotted months of futility,
and nights of misery have been assigned to me.
When I lie down I think, ‘How long before I get up?’
The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn.
My body is clothed with worms and scabs,
my skin is broken and festering.

“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
and they come to an end without hope.
Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;
my eyes will never see happiness again.
The eye that now sees me will see me no longer;
you will look for me, but I will be no more.

12 Am I the sea, or the monster of the deep,
that you put me under guard?
13 When I think my bed will comfort me
and my couch will ease my complaint,
14 even then you frighten me with dreams
and terrify me with visions,
15 so that I prefer strangling and death,
rather than this body of mine.
16 I despise my life; I would not live forever.
Let me alone; my days have no meaning.

21st Century Science and Health**

The time required for this dream of material life to disappear from consciousness, “No one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”[1] The time it takes for us to stop embracing delusive pleasures and pains will be drawn out or shortened, depending on the tenacity of error. Of what advantage is it to prolong the illusion either of a catatonic soul or of a dying sufferer trapped in a body? What is better, to add years to mortal life, or, to add life to years?

Detach feelings from the body, or matter, which is only a type of human belief. Learn the meaning of God or good, and the nature of the immutable and immortal. Don’t worry when breaking away from mutating time and feelings, because you will not lose your sense of reality or your sense of identity. As you contemplate spiritual life, consciousness is being purified and groomed to experience the celestial.

We can forget the body while remembering good and the human race. Good compels us to solve the problem of being. Commitment to good increases our dependence on a spiritual God and shows a paramount necessity to be responsible to Truth and Love.

Discomfort under error is preferable to comfort.

Suffering, self-destructive, dying beliefs are unreal. When divine Science is universally understood, the negative consciousness will have no power over us, for we are spiritual and live by divine authority.

As we contemplate things spiritually, we naturally move away from materiality toward the Principle of the universe and God’s harmonious creation.

I Corinthians 4:9-14, 18-21

[Paul said] For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.

14 I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children.

18 Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?

21st Century Science and Health

Generally, people who haven’t been immersed in physical health laws are more receptive to spiritual power and faith in one God, compared to people who are devoted to those laws and who think they need to teach them to others.

Divine Science silences human will, disables fear with Truth and Love, and illustrates the unlabored motion of the divine energy in healing the sick. Self-indulgence, envy, emotionalism, arrogance, hatred, and revenge are dissolved by divine Mind which heals disease. The human will which makes and works a lie, hiding the divine Principle of harmony, is destructive to health and is the cause of disease rather than its cure.

We need a clean body and a clean mind—a body rendered pure by Mind as well as washed by water. One says: “I take good care of my body.” Physical care requires the pure and spiritualizing influence of the divine Mind on the body. The body is best taken care of when it is most out of thought. The Apostle Paul said, he “would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”[2]

It may seem vain to share our love with someone who doesn’t give it back, but it isn’t a waste as long as we allow spiritual Love to enlarge, purify, and elevate the circumstance. If spite, revenge, and arrogance do uproot and scatter our affections, this separation of fleshly ties serves to unite thought more closely to God, for Love supports the struggling heart until it ceases to sigh over the world and unfolds its wings to soar for heaven.

Luke 7:11-16

 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

16 They were all filled with awe and praised God.

21st Century Science and Health

It is our moral right to nullify an unjust sentence, a sentence never inflicted by divine authority.

Whoever reaches the understanding of divine Science in its proper significance will perform the sudden cures of which it is capable. Nevertheless, this can be done only by facing and overcoming fears and mistaken thoughts, and following divine Spirit in our everyday experiences.

Science can heal the sick who are absent from their healers, as well as those present, since space is not an obstacle to Mind. Immortal Mind heals what eye has not seen. The spiritual ability to comprehend thought and to heal by the Truth-power is won only as we are found reflecting the divine nature. Self-glorification, arrogance, anger, and the like, are not found in Truth healing.

Every medical method has its advocates. The preference of human mind for a certain methodology creates a demand for that method, and the body seems to require such treatment. You can even educate a healthy horse to believe it will catch a cold without a blanket. Whereas, wild animals left to their instincts, sniffs the wind with delight. The outbreak of a cold is a humanly evolved ailment.

Reports in psychiatry, physiology, and genetics, sustained by what is termed material law, promote sickness and disease. It should not be true, that so long as you read medical reports you will be sick.

This constant thinking of something other than Spirit can inadvertently sow seeds of reliance on matter. Don’t become so captivated by a remedy, that every itch, twinge, or burp is dosed. Clients may reap the effect of this mistaken reliance if healers impulsively endorse drugs, homeopathic powders, acupuncture needles, or magnets as a cure-all.

Descriptions and advertisements of disease given by physicians, pharmaceutical companies, genetic engineers, and Health Departments, are prolific sources of sickness. The human mind is the agriculturist of error, but we can teach the human mind not to harm the body. We can root out of human mind the weeds of sickness.

Ignorant that the human mind governs its phenomenon the body, the sufferer may unconsciously add more fear to the mental reservoir already overflowing with that emotion. Tolerant sufferers try to be satisfied when they see their would-be healer busy. Faith in the healer’s efforts is somewhat helpful to everyone involved; however, in Science, people must understand the resuscitating law of Life. Understanding the self-sustaining Life is in accord with the “plants bearing seed according to their kinds.”[3]

It is constructive for physicians, therapists, and practitioners to know and act on the truth that Mind is existent. Healers should not take the position that matter is the only cause.

Doctors can take note that it is better not to implant disease in the thoughts of your patients by declaring disease to be a fixed fact, even before you go to work to eradicate the disease through the material faith inspired. Instead of furnishing thought with fear, try to correct the turbulent emotion by the influence of divine Love, which removes fear.

When governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, we know that with God all things are possible. One example of this way to living Truth which heals the sick, is found in the Science of divine Mind as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus.

Christianity as Jesus taught it was neither a creed nor a system of scared ceremonies, nor a special gift from a ritualistic Yahweh; but it was the demonstration of divine Love overcoming error and healing the sick, not merely in the name of Truth, but in demonstration of Truth—as in the ongoing cycles of divine light.

[1] Matt. 24:36 (ESV)

[2] II Cor. 5:8

[3] Gen. 1:12

*Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

**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

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