June 28, 2017

bible study imageSubject: Independence

PBS posted online a history of America’s Independence Day

Declaring independence in America didn’t come easy. The declaration was the result of mixed thoughts that soon united to design a plan of improvement.

But, they were up against the American thinkers who were loyal to the British king. The people devoted to the king were okay with taxation without representation. They were okay with a king who didn’t listen to his constituents. They were okay with working hard for no rewards.

Despite the satisfied colonists, the dissatisfied colony members convened together as the Continental Congress. It took a few gatherings but on June 11, 1776, they started hashing out what formally became the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

The declaration circulated publicly and was read. It was understood, not so much as an affront to the king, but as an admittance of progress.

In the Introduction to the 6th edition of 21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, we read, “Progress is a law of divine Spirit. Its force embraces us, keeps us grounded and yet allows us to soar.”

A few details should be remembered: After independence was declared, a war for that freedom had to be fought; and moreover, independence for African-Americans in slavery wasn’t granted.

More steps were needed to experience a greater independence. More steps are necessary today because progress is infinite, just as freedom is.

Congress established Independence Day as a holiday in 1870, and in 1938 Congress reaffirmed it as a paid holiday for federal employees.

July 4 can be celebrated with fireworks, an apple pie, parades, waving the flag.

I remember a time when my church group went to a retirement home to sing patriotic songs for the 4th.

A cafeteria room full of senior citizens. Quite a few appeared docile and unresponsive. Yet, as we sang, and as the piano hummed out tunes, eyes got brighter, voices got stronger and started joining in with the chorus. During the third song, men began standing and saluting, or holding their hand over their heart.

It brought tears to my eyes. These men and women had survived World War II and other wars. They encourage me to further understand independence with deeper and broader views.

Please read in your Bible, Romans 6.

Posted online at National Review, is an article written by Thomas Sowell, What are we Please read in your Bible, Romans 6.Celebrating? It reads in part: “Independence Day signified much more than one country announcing its independence from another on July 4, 1776. It represented a new form of government — freer and more accountable to its own people than the monarchies common around the world for centuries. What happened in America did not stay in America. The example of freedom inspired other peoples in other lands.”

In divine Science, we fight for freedom from restricted or oppressed thinking. Our independence inspires others and ourselves, because it’s ongoing. There is no end to progress and freedom. We can declare and fight for independence from sinful, sick thoughts and experiences. I believe we gain independence when we are dependent on Truth, God.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Truth encourages the elements of freedom.

The voice of God in behalf of all people is reverberating around the world as the spokesperson of the new revolution sounds the keynote of universal mental freedom. A fuller acknowledgement of our rights as useful spiritual individuals, demands the terrors of sin and sickness be exterminated from the human mind. Spiritual freedom is gained, not through human warfare, but through spiritual Science.

God has built a higher platform of human rights, on divine claims. These claims are not made through human regulations or creeds, but in demonstration of “Peace upon earth among men of goodwill!”[1] Human policies, scholastic theology, and inconsistent health care systems divide and scatter faith and spiritual understanding. Divine Science comes to the rescue and our birthright of sole allegiance to our Maker asserts itself.

We can be saved from the bureaucratic and rote systems of today’s Pharaohs. The disabled, the deaf, the dumb, the depressed, the visually impaired, the sick, the sensualist, the sinner, can be saved from the terrors of their own beliefs. Don’t waste your years away by serving an unreal master telling you that the body governs you rather than Mind. You can break the bondage, however you must then press on with faith in God through an awful conflict, the Red Sea and the wilderness, as you trust Truth, the strong deliverer, to guide your thought into the land of divine Science. In the divine land, or state of consciousness, limitations are overcome and your rights are known and acknowledged.

Oppressive civil laws are disputed and human beings are taught their right to freedom. From this same standpoint, mental laws can be disputed. The self-sabotaging mortal laws must be denied and succeeded. The law of the divine Mind must end human repression, or human beings will continue to be unaware of their inalienable rights. People are prone to hopeless obsessions and anguish because public teachers permit an unawareness of divine power.

Discerning the rights of people, we can’t fail to foresee the doom of oppression. Trepidation and misery are not legitimate states of people. God made us free. Paul said, “I was born a citizen.”[2] Humanity should be free to help themselves and society. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”[3] Love and Truth make free, whereas evil and error lead into captivity.

Divine Science raises the standard of freedom and says: “Follow me! Escape from the control of sick, sinful, and dying knowledge!” Jesus designated the way. Citizens of the world, accept the “glorious freedom of the children of God,”[4] and be free! This is your divine right. The self-deluded idolatrous views, not divine law, has captivated you, made you arthritic, made you a procrastinator, weakened your body, and ruined your reputation.

God did not institute physical laws to control us. We do not have to get sick because we broke a human-made health law. Jesus healed in direct opposition to, and in defiance of, physical laws and conditions.

To be dependent on that which is constantly changing is not reasonable. False dependencies will cease as we recognize our God-given dominion over the temporal senses and acknowledge our heritage of freedom. Human beings will someday assert their freedom in the name of Almighty God. Dropping our present beliefs, we will recognize harmony as the spiritual reality, and disorder as the temporal unreality. We will control our own bodies through the understanding of divine Science.

Like our nation, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence. God has endowed us with inalienable rights among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. We are properly self-governed only when we are guided rightly and governed by our Maker, divine Truth and Love. Our rights are invaded when the divine order is interfered with and the mental malpractitioner incurs the divine penalty for this crime.

When judging Christian Science, sanction only such methods as are demonstrable in Truth and known by their fruits. Classify other methods that suggest futile or backward behavior as did Paul in his epistle to the Galatians, when he wrote: “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”[5]

Spiritual harmony constitutes individual and collective happiness, strength, and permanence.

Guard against narrowness and jealousy because they restrict productive behavior. Home is not a boundary of the affections, but is a framework from which to grow spiritually.

Moral freedom is found in Soul.

 

[1] Luke 2:14 (Phillips NT)

[2] Acts 22:28

[3] II Cor. 3:17

[4] Rom. 8:21

[5] Gal. 5:19–23

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