October 26, 2022

Subject: Understanding

Golden text: Psalms 47:7 NKJV copyright by Thomas Nelson

For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding.

Exodus 35:30-35

 And Moses said to the children of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship, 32 to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze, 33 in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of artistic workmanship.

34 “And He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35 He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work of the engraver and the designer and the tapestry maker, in blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen, and of the weaver—those who do every work and those who design artistic works.

Exodus 36:1-7

 “And Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whom the Lord has put wisdom and understanding, to know how to do all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, shall do according to all that the Lord has commanded.”

Then Moses called Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whose heart the Lord had put wisdom, everyone whose heart was stirred, to come and do the work. And they received from Moses all the offering which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of making the sanctuary. So they continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning. Then all the craftsmen who were doing all the work of the sanctuary came, each from the work he was doing, and they spoke to Moses, saying, “The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord commanded us to do.”

So Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, “Let neither man nor woman do any more work for the offering of the sanctuary.” And the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done—indeed too much.

21st Century Science and Health Copyright by Cheryl Petersen

The act of allowing our thoughts to excessively contemplate physical wants or conditions induces those very conditions.

Only Science can explain the incredible good and evil elements that keep surfacing. Human beings must find protection in Truth in order to escape the errors of today. Nothing is more antagonistic to divine Science than a blind belief without understanding, for such belief hides Truth and builds on error.

Miracles are natural in Science, taking issue with popular religions. The scientific manifestation of power is from the divine nature and is not supernatural, since Science is an explanation of nature. The belief that the universe and people are governed in general by physical laws, but occasionally Spirit sets aside these laws, belittles omnipotent wisdom and gives to matter the precedence over Spirit.

It is contrary to divine Science to suppose that life is either physically or organically spiritual. Between divine Science and all forms of bio-spirituality or superstition, a great chasm is fixed, as impassable as the abyss between The Rich Man and Lazarus.[1] Immortal Mind-reading is a revelation of divine purpose through spiritual understanding by which we gain the divine Principle and explanation of all things. Mortal mind-reading and immortal Mind-reading interpret cause and effect differently. The act of reading mortal human mind investigates and touches only human beliefs. Immortal Science doesn’t coordinate with the premises or conclusions of mortal beliefs.

The ancient prophets received their foresight from a spiritual, metaphysical position, not by predicting evil and mistaking fiction as fact. Reading the future from the premise of fleshly and human belief is not scientific foresight. When sufficiently advanced in Science to be in agreement with the truth of being, individuals become seers and prophets involuntarily. Prophecy is not controlled by spirits, demons, or quantum entities, but by the one Spirit. It is the prerogative of the ever-present divine Mind, and of thought in alignment with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future.

As we become better acquainted with the Science of being, we are better able to communicate with the divine Mind. Spiritual knowledge not only allows people to foresee and foretell events which concern the universal welfare, but it also inspires people divinely to reach the range of unfettered Mind, Spirit.

Mark 7:17-23

 When [Jesus] had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable. 18 So He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, 19 because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?” 20 And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

21st Century Science and Health

There is a large class of thinkers whose excessive prejudice and conceit twist every fact to suit themselves. Their creed teaches belief in a mysterious, supernatural God and a natural, all-powerful devil. Another class, still more unfortunate, are so depraved that they appear to be innocent. They repeat empty talk while looking you placidly in the face, and they never fail to stab their benefactor in the back. A third class of thinkers build with steel beams. They are honest, generous, noble, and open to the approach and recognition of Truth. Teaching Christian Science to this mindset is not a chore. Pure thought does not incline longingly to error, whine over the demands of Truth, nor play the traitor for place and power.

Some people respond slowly to the touch of Truth. Some people feel Truth’s touch without a struggle. Many people are reluctant to admit that they have responded to Truth; however, if they don’t admit their improvement, the boastings of evil will shout over good. The Mind scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death. The Scientist will prove the nonbeing of all that opposed good by understanding the allness of Spirit. Sickness is no less a temptation than is sin and they are both healed by understanding God’s power over them. The Christ-like Scientist knows that sickness and sin are errors of belief, which Truth can and will destroy.

If half the attention given to healthcare were given to the study of divine Science and to the spiritualization of thought, this alone would usher in the millennium. Skin exfoliates or scrubs used to remove unhealthy secretions or add a healthy look, receive a useful rebuke from Jesus’ precept, “Do not worry…about your body.”[2] We must beware of making clean merely the “outside of the cup and dish.”[3]

Colossians 1:1-16

 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth; as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

21st Century Science and Health

Keep clearly in thought that we are the offspring of God, not of human beings; that we are spiritual, not defined by matter; that Soul is Spirit, never trapped inside matter. 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, 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.

Homeopathic remedies, sometimes not containing a particle of medicine, are known to relieve the symptoms of disease. What produces the change? It is the faith of the doctor and the patient, which reduces self-inflicted sufferings and produces a new effect upon the body. Use this same faith to destroy the illusion of pleasure in intoxication and the desire for strong drink is gone. Appetite and disease reside in human mind, not in matter or genes.

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.

Spirit blesses the multiplication of its own pure and complete ideas. From the infinite elements of the one Mind emanate all form, color, quality, and quantity, and these are mental, both primarily and secondarily. Their spiritual nature is discerned only through spiritual senses. On the other hand, mortal mind skews the true likeness and then attaches demeaning names and natures upon its own misconceptions. Ignorant of the origin and operations of mortal mind—that is, ignorant of itself—this so-called mind puts forth its own qualities and claims God as their author. The haughty human mind, however, can only pretend to interfere with infinity. God’s infinite nature precludes knowing the measurable. God is so completely aware of the infinite that even a hint of ignorance, pretense, or mortal mentality is impossible.

Reality is spiritual, harmonious, unchangeable, indestructible, divine, and timeless. Nothing unspiritual can be real, euphonious, or eternal.

[1] Luke 16:26

[2] Matt. 6:25; Luke 12:22

[3] Matt. 23:25; Luke 11:39

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