Author Archives: Cheryl Petersen

An allegiance to love through the Stars and Stripes

flagWording to the American Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag has been altered since its inception in 1892. Socialist minister, Francis Bellamy (1855-1931) originally published a shorter version in The Youth’s Companion.

In 1923, the words, “the Flag of the United States of America” were added.

In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “under God,” creating the 31-word pledge we say today:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

As a news reporter who covers town meetings, I stand with my right hand over my heart and repeat the Pledge of Allegiance frequently. Some people choose not to. Others choose to say the pledge but not the words, “under God.” That is their right and I’m thankful Americans have that choice.

The word God carries diverse undertones and meanings. God, to me, is love, love itself. With Flag Day, June 14, 2014, I can appreciate thinking on a A nation “under love.”

 

June 11, 2014

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John 9 (ESV)*

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.

The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10 So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.” 12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”

13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14 Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. 17 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”

18 The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19 and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22 (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28 And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”[c] 36 He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.”

From 21st Century Science and Health*

“Sin multiplies when we believe life is in matter. If thinking doesn’t shift out of the vicious cycle of believing in a temporal life, life is very disheartening and we feel cursed. Error hides behind a lie and excuses guilt, but can’t be concealed forever. Even the attitude that tries to justify or hide guilt is punished. People who avoid justice and deny truth tend to perpetuate sin, bring on crime, jeopardize self-control, and mock divine mercy. This human mindset tries to eliminate the spiritual idea, or improved thought, whenever and wherever it appears. It is that same mindset which tried to kill Jesus in order to get rid of Truth. However, Truth, through eternal laws, causes error and sin to betray itself.

“The beast and the false prophets are lust and hypocrisy. These wolves in sheep’s clothing are detected and killed by innocence, the Lamb of Love.

“Divine Science shows how the Lamb slays the wolf. Innocence and Truth overcome guilt and error. Ever since the foundation of the world, ever since error would establish rut thinking, evil has tried to kill the Lamb, but Science is able to destroy this lie called evil.

“It is important to examine our inclinations and intentions. Mental examination is the way we learn what we honestly are. If a friend informs us of a fault, do we listen patiently to the criticism and reconsider our attitude? Or, do we react by giving thanks that we are “not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector”?[1] During many years, I have been most grateful for constructive criticism. The misdeed is destructive careless criticism, which does no one any good.

“The test of prayer is found in the answer to these questions: Do we love our neighbor better because of our prayer? Or, are we satisfied with our prayerful words and yet give no evidence of living consistently with our prayer? If selfishness has given place to kindness, we will regard our neighbor unselfishly and pray for our enemies;[2] but this great responsibility is never accomplished simply by asking that it may be done. Improvement of mind/body/spirit needs to be tangible before we can experience the achievement of our hope and faith.”

“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.”

(Scripture taken from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. ESV® Text Edition: 2011.Text from 21st Century Science and Health copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen)

 

[1] Luke 18:11 (NRSV)

[2] Matt. 5:44

Hurry, hurry, hurry, or not

With winter finally behind us, it’s a beautiful day here in upstate New York. We all had a good laugh when our neighbor said, “We better hurry and enjoy the day because winter will return soon.”

I catch myself hurrying more often than I’d like to admit.

But, when I do catch myself, I ask, “Is this an appropriate time to hurry?”

Hurrying isn’t terrible. We read in Luke 19:5, “And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.’” (ESV)

But, hurrying sometimes isn’t the best. Things get spilled or forgotten. We cut someone off. Or, we forget to take a nap.

Blogger, Cierra Cotton wrote about the importance of resting and being still in this hurried world, saying, “Resting is Biblical. I mean look at God, even He rested on the 7th day. If God who is Sovereign and all powerful took a day to rest than that means I definitely need to sit my tail down and rest. I’m learning to take time as I go throughout my day for “rest breaks.” Even if it’s just 5 minutes to take a deep breath, be still, and acknowledge God’s presence. Just to thank for all that He’s done so far and ask Him to give me strength to continue on with my day.”

I’ve also realized that the sheer act of slowing down to a normal pace, can be restful.

 

June 4, 2014

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Psalm 25 (ESV)*

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.

Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

11 For your name’s sake, O Lord,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12 Who is the man who fears the Lord?
Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13 His soul shall abide in well-being,
and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14 The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
bring me out of my distresses.
18 Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you.

22 Redeem Israel, O God,
out of all his troubles.

From 21st Century Science and Health, 5th edition*

“Are we irreverent toward sin, or assigning too much power to God, when we ascribe to Him almighty Life and Love? I deny God’s cooperation with evil and I desire to have no faith in evil or in any power but God, good. Isn’t it better to eliminate from so-called human mind that which, so long as it remains in human mind, will show itself in forms of sin, sickness, and death? Why complain of suffering while at the same time tenaciously defending the rights of disease? Wouldn’t it be better to abandon the defense of dis-ease, especially when by doing so, our own condition can be improved and that of other persons as well?”

“When the medical field finds no biological or physical cause for symptoms of disease, various forms of psychotherapy have been known to improve the unhealthy condition. Psychosomatic illnesses or psychophysiological disorders are admitted to be problems caused by mental processes. They are problems in the mind, and once the mind is corrected, the symptoms vanish as illusions vanish. Mental conditions, such as severe stress, anger, anxiety, resentment, depression, and guilt have produced rashes, allergies, loss of hair, eating disorders, and pain, among other problems. So, why not approve of a cure which in effect makes any disease appear to be what it really is—an illusion?

“Here is the difficulty: it is not generally understood how one disease can be just as much a delusion as another. It is a pity that the medical faculty and clergy have not learned this, for Jesus established this fundamental fact when devils (delusions) were driven to oblivion and the mute spoke.

Matt. 14:14-21 (ESV)*

 

14 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” 17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

“A fairly common remark heard in society today is: “We know that mind affects the body somewhat, and we try to be hopeful and optimistic and to take as little medicine as possible; but mind can never cure biological difficulties.” The logic is lame, and facts contradict it. I have cured the diseases of organs as readily as I have cured purely functional disease, and with no power but the divine Mind.

“God, divine Mind, administers to all, not partially but wholly. Predicting disease does not dignify therapeutics. Whatever guides thought spiritually, benefits mind/body/spirit. We need to understand the affirmations of divine Science, dismiss superstition, and live truth according to Christ. The world is home to many representatives, living the virtue and healing power of Truth.”

*The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. ESV® Text Edition: 2011. The ESV® text has been reproduced in cooperation with and by permission of Good News Publishers. Text from 21st Century Science and Health copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen, 2014

 

When technology replaces labor

Steam power, electrification, and industrial farming removed many manual laborers from the work force. Technology today continues to shift manual laborers to higher-value jobs.

Every new invention is sparked by thought. From 21st Century Science and Health, “In this world, thought rapidly brings to light many useful wonders.”

When my husband and I farmed a cherry orchard, we installed an underground irrigation system with automatic timers. We no longer needed to move irrigation pipe, or hand-line, every day. We no longer had to manually turn valves.

The time was spent learning how to use a computer so we could report mandated state and federal requirements in conjunction with farming.

Losing our job of moving hand line wasn’t depressing, like losing a job can be. But, losing our job forced me not to believe I was a robot, or human machine repeating the same behavior.

I slowly yield to new ideas. I look away from physics to metaphysics and discover ongoing divine Mind, ever supplying those very ideas that make, not only life, but myself, interesting.

courtesy modern farmer

courtesy modern farmer

Newly released 5th edition of 21st Century Science and Health

Preface to 5th edition of 21st Century Science and Health

Burned into my foster mothering psyche are two pictures: I see a 2-year old foster child, unable to communicate his confusion. And, I see a 9-year old, who thinks being unwanted is normal. In both cases (though different children), I felt them asking me the age-old questions, Why am I here? Why be good? What future?

Sometimes in life, we don’t know how to communicate the gut feeling that there must be something more to life than what meets the eye.

In my search for cohesive answers, I’ve found the knowledge of truth and love to be vital.

Cover_final_Cheryl_PetersenTruth and love help us communicate.

Identifying with Truth and Love also helps to ease the conflict between the fortunate and the unfortunate, the good and the bad, the yin and the yang.

We can learn from unfortunate situations, but we don’t have to allow their pushing and pulling to control our experience.

Stretching our mental barriers further, we learn that Truth and Love have control and that Truth and Love is God. This definition of God wipes out the common collective notion that God is a humanlike superman, or a contradictory force to reckon with, or a façade.

In reality, God is willing and able to give us a reason to live. The ideas in this book help us learn that we are wanted by God, not to do God’s job, but to express life, soul, and a holy purpose.

The methodology read in Science and Health is timeless, first penned in the 19th century by Mary Baker Eddy and termed divine Science.

This modern version is not a revisionist divine Science, because the Principle of the rules in Science are constant. But the words and references in Science and Health have been updated to show how divine Science, as presented by Mary Baker Eddy, is applicable to today’s situations.

The driving factor in 21st Century Science and Health encourages progress in religion, science, family, society, and medicine. The book discusses a Mind-healing system.

The theme in Science and Health administers the potency of Spirit as the only substance and power, completely good. You can read the scientific statement of spiritual being, “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is divine Truth; matter is human error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and we are Spirit’s image and likeness. Therefore person is not mortal, but is immortal.”

The rhythmic prose in 21st Century Science and Health appeals to our tradition of inhaling the new, while exhaling the old on a regular basis. You can begin reading wherever you want in the book. Each fresh breathe is infused with the spiritual reality that, “God is Mind, and God is infinite; and so all is Mind.”

The vocabulary in 21st Century Science and Health has been tagged with accessible terms. God is dignified as infinite Mind. “Person” is idea, image. The term “error” is used to denote anything unlike truth and love.

We read, “Remove error from thought, and it will not appear in effect.”

For clarification, error is defined in Science and Health, as, “the theory that pleasure, pain, intelligence, substance, and life, are existent in human mind/body…Error is the contradiction of Truth. Error is a belief without understanding. Error is unreal because untrue. Error is that which seems to be and is not. If error were true, its truth would be error, and we should have a self-evident absurdity—namely, erroneous truth. If an erroneous truth were real, there would be no such thing as Truth.”

After putting aside error, we read that through, “Spiritual reasoning and free thought…” do we discover trustworthy truth and love.

We also read that, “Spirituality is the basis of true healing. Whatever holds human thought in line with selfless love, receives directly the divine power.

“Systematic teaching and the student’s spiritual growth and experience in practice are requisite for a thorough comprehension of the Science of Mind-healing. Some individuals realize truth more readily than others, but any student, who remains true to the divine rules of spiritual Science and becomes one with the spirit of Christ, can demonstrate Science, overcome error, heal the sick, and add continually to their supply of spiritual understanding, power, enlightenment, and success.”

Please bear in mind, the above mentioned “divine rules” are not the same thing as the rules of a church organization. History shows that anytime the divine rules are placed secondary to church rules, spiritual success becomes dim and diminished. But we can wipe off the tarnish of human rules and respond to the gleam and shine of spiritual rules.

I’ve experienced profound spiritual healing in my life, including the healing of 2nd degree burns on half of my face. I attribute the healings to divine Science.

As a freelance writer, when writing, I often choose my subjects. But, I’ve found that the subject of divine Science chooses me; and it’s ever unfolding spiritual ideas continue to be communicated. Now in its 5th edition, the vital components of 21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures are:

  • Use of the latest research made in technical, Biblical, religious, and medical study
  • New vocabulary from the expanding English language and today’s idiom
  • Footnotes
  • The use of modern English versions of the Bible
  • Treatment of today’s social issues
  • Gender-inclusive language

All first person references are Mrs. Eddy speaking.

Cheryl Petersen

 

 

 

May 28, 2014

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Job 15: 1-16 (ESV)*

“Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge,
    and fill his belly with the east wind?
Should he argue in unprofitable talk,
    or in words with which he can do no good?
But you are doing away with the fear of God[a]
    and hindering meditation before God.
For your iniquity teaches your mouth,
    and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
Your own mouth condemns you, and not I;
    your own lips testify against you.

“Are you the first man who was born?
    Or were you brought forth before the hills?
Have you listened in the council of God?
    And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
What do you know that we do not know?
    What do you understand that is not clear to us?
10 Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us,
    older than your father.
11 Are the comforts of God too small for you,
    or the word that deals gently with you?
12 Why does your heart carry you away,
    and why do your eyes flash,
13 that you turn your spirit against God
    and bring such words out of your mouth?
14 What is man, that he can be pure?
    Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous?
15 Behold, God[b] puts no trust in his holy ones,
    and the heavens are not pure in his sight;
16 how much less one who is abominable and corrupt,
    a man who drinks injustice like water!

Prov. 14:30 (The Message)*

A sound mind makes for a robust body, but runaway emotions corrode the bones.

Matt 4:23-25

From there [Jesus] went all over Galilee. He used synagogues for meeting places and taught people the truth of God. God’s kingdom was his theme—that beginning right now they were under God’s government, a good government! He also healed people of their diseases and of the bad effects of their bad lives. Word got around the entire Roman province of Syria. People brought anybody with an ailment, whether mental, emotional, or physical. Jesus healed them, one and all

 

From 21st Century Science and Health*

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.

Mortal passions and appetites must end in pain. They are “of few days and full of trouble.”[1] Their temporal joys cheat us. Emotionalism and cravings belittle their satisfactions and surround their achievements with thorns.

Mortal mind accepts the erroneous, material conception of life and joy, but the true idea is gained from the immortal side. Humanity may ask, What on earth do we gain through this toil, struggle, and sorrow? We gain by giving up our belief in perishable life and happiness. We gain when the mortal and material return to dust and the immortal is reached.

“We physicians do not fully understand the relationship between mind, body, and that intangible element known as spirit…Medical educators have often taught that religion is an irrelevant or even detrimental factor in physical and emotional well-being. But a growing body of research has established that religious people, both young and old, often enjoy the psychological and physical benefits of a positive emotional outlook.”[2]Harold G. Koenig, M D., Director of Duke University’s Center for the Study of Religion/Spirituality and Health.

Doctors, it is best 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.

Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. uses common sense to move thought into a new biology, saying, “Genes are not destiny! Environmental influences, including nutrition, stress and emotions, can modify those genes, without changing their basic blueprint.”[3] We can’t be our DNA because it is constantly renewing and dying. Every day, DNA falls off us as dead skin, or it hangs around in our skeleton after we die, so, where is our life? Our individuality and life is metaphysical, known in Mind, in thought.

If we came from genes, how did Mind come to human beings? DNA surely does not possess Mind or a consciousness. God is the life or intelligence which forms and preserves the individuality, consciousness, and identity of the universe, of people, and of animals.

When governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, we know that with God all things are possible

*Scripture taken from English Standard Version, and The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. Text from 21st Century Science and Health copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen 2012

 

[1] Job 14:1

[2] Koenig, Harold G. The Healing Power of Faith: Science Explores Medicine’s Last Great Frontier. New York: Simon and Shuster, 1999.

[3] Lipton, Bruce, Ph.D. The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the power of Consciousness, matter, and miracles. California: Mountain of Love/Elite Books, 2005. www.brucelipton.com

 

A paradox on the farm

Glenanore Farms raises meat goats.

When talking with the owners about farming goats, we couldn’t help but take pause when we came face to face with a paradox.

Most animal farmers, certainly here in upstate New York, put their heart and soul into raising their livestock. If a mother refuses a baby, the farmer will nurse it to life by bottle feeding. When an animal becomes weak, extra measures are taken to restore its health. The farmers always give their four-legged charges the best care, food, and water.

“Then we kill and process the animals for meat,” said the owner.

Mike Noonan with Glenanore Farms Boer Goats 2 cropped

May 21, 2014

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Jer. 31: 27-29 (The Message)*

“Be ready. The time’s coming”—God’s Decree—“when I will plant people and animals in Israel and Judah, just as a farmer plants seed. And in the same way that earlier I relentlessly pulled up and tore down, took apart and demolished, so now I am sticking with them as they start over, building and planting.

“When that time comes you won’t hear the old proverb anymore,

Parents ate the green apples,
their children got the stomachache.

Lev. 20:22-26 (ESV)*

 “You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out. And you shall not walk in the customs of the nation that I am driving out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I detested them. But I have said to you, ‘You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.’ I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples. You shall therefore separate the clean beast from the unclean, and the unclean bird from the clean. You shall not make yourselves detestable by beast or by bird or by anything with which the ground crawls, which I have set apart for you to hold unclean. You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.

Heb. 11:1-10

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.

From 21st Century Science and Health*

Genetics is a prolific subject for human belief to attach theories to; but if we learn that nothing is real but the right, we shall have no dangerous inheritances and fleshly ills will disappear. It would be impossible to transmit disease or certain human traits if this great fact of being was learned—namely, that nothing inharmonious can enter being, for Life is God.

In proportion to our understanding of Christian Science, we are freed from the suggestions of physical inheritance or mind in matter.

Physical existence and human minds are enigmas. Every day is a mystery. The physical senses can’t tell us of what is real or what is delusive, whereas the revelations of divine Science unlock the treasures of Truth.

Human mind, acting from the basis of sensation in matter, is susceptible to suggestions. This so-called mind from which comes all evil, contradicts itself, and must finally yield to the eternal Truth, or the divine Mind, as expressed in Science.

There is but one Spirit. We are never God. Our spirituality is made in the likeness of Spirit. We reflect God. In this scientific reflection, the Ego and the divine Parent are inseparable.

Happiness is won as good has ascendency over evil and the spiritual over the animal. The attainment of this spiritual condition improves our progeny, diminishes crime, and gives higher aims to ambition. Every valley of materialism must be exalted and every mountain of selfishness must be brought low, that the highway of our God may be prepared in Science. The offspring of heavenly-minded parents inherit more intellect, better balanced minds, and more reliable health.

Life demonstrates Life. Person reflects Life, Soul. The immortality of Soul makes person immortal. If God, who is Life, were parted for a moment from person, during that moment there would be no divinity reflected. The Ego would be unexpressed, and the Parent would be childless—not a Parent.

God, the divine Principle of our spirituality, and person in Mind’s likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and undying. God is the parent Mind, and God’s children are spiritual offspring.

 

*The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. ESV® Text Edition: 2011. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Text from 21st Century Science and Health, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

Addition to regular posts

Hi everyone,

Along with my regular blog posts, starting on May 21, a free mini-Bible Lesson will be posted on Healing Science Today every Wednesday. Each lesson will be accompanied by this image of the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

bible study imageReaders can print a copy of the lesson and read it throughout the week (just don’t sell the copy, because that would infringe copyrights). Or, you can skip the lessons to the regular blog posts.

Each lesson will include a spiritual interpretation, rooted in Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health.

Modern Bible versions and the updated 21st Century Science and Health are quoted from, to ensure a more expansive reading of texts.

The Bible Lesson is designed to share food for thought. I hope you join me.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Petersen

 

 

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