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New Book: A Study Guide for Christian Science

I am thoroughly pleased and intrigued with this study guide for Christian Science. And now I am thrilled to announce, A Study Guide for Christian Science is published and available for the public online at Amazon.

This study guide roots in the Bible and includes twenty-four exercises that follow the pattern of instruction through questions and answers as presented by 19th-century spiritual leader, Mary Baker Eddy and found in the book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, both, the old version and new.

Eddy revised her Science and Health until she died in 1910 and Cheryl Petersen modernizes Science and Health today, titled 21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: A modern version of Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health.

The Study Guide for Christian Science brings clarity to the application of spirituality, as it stays one step ahead of changing human history, language and technology.

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Christian Science Review, 10

We read in 21st Century Science and Health.

Question. What is Mind?

Answer. Mind is God. The exterminator of error is the great truth that God, good, is the only Mind. To suppose there is an opposite to infinite Mind—called devil or mindless evil—is not Mind, is not Truth, but error, without intelligence or reality. There can be but one Mind, because there is but one God; and if human beings claimed no other Mind and accepted no other, all that opposes infinite Mind would be unknown. We can have but one Mind, if that one is infinite. We bury the perception of infinitude when we admit that, although God is infinite, evil has a place in this infinity, for evil can have no place where all presence is God.

We lose the exalted significance of omnipotence, when after admitting that God, or good, is omnipresent and has all-power, we still believe there is another power, named evil.  To think that there is more than one mind is pernicious, destructive to divine theology, and on par with ancient mythology and pagan idolatry. With one Parent, God, all people would be family, with one Mind, good. The family would consist of Love and Truth and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science. The supposed existence of more than one mind was the basic error of idolatry. This error assumed the loss of spiritual power, the loss of the presence of Life as infinite Truth without an unlikeness, and the loss of Love as ever present and universal.

Divine Science explains the abstract statement that there is one Mind by the following self-evident proposition: If God, or good, is real then the unlikeness of Life, Truth, and Love is unreal. Any unlikeness to God can only seem real by giving reality to the unreal. The children of God have but one Mind. How can good lapse into bad, when God, the Mind of person, never falters? The standard of perfection was originally God and God’s image, or offspring. Has God’s standard been lowered, and has God’s image fallen? Or did the human concept of God fall?

God is the creator of person, and because the divine Principle of person remains complete, the divine idea or reflection, person, remains complete. Our real identity is the expression of God’s being. If there ever was a moment when person did not express the divine, then there was moment when person did not express God, and consequently a time when God was unexpressed—that is, without entity. If spiritual being lost perfection, then God’s idea lost its perfect Principle, and our existence was a myth.

The relationship between God and person, divine Principle and idea, is indestructible in Science, and Science knows no drifting from or return to harmony but holds the divine relationship or spiritual law in which God and all creation is complete, eternal, and remaining unchanged in its eternal history.

The unlikeness of Truth—named error—the opposite of Science and the evidence before the five corporeal senses, offer no sign of the grand facts of spiritual being. But don’t fret, because even though our human senses feel no evidence that our earth is spinning rapidly through space, we still learned the truth through science and can understand the cosmos.

The facts of divine Science should be admitted, although their evidence is not supported by evil, by that which possesses mass, or by physical senses. The evidence that God and individuals coexist is fully sustained by spiritual sense. An individual is and forever has been God’s reflection. God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power, no other presence. The spirituality of the universe is the only fact of creation. “Let God be found true though every human being is false and a liar.”[1]

Think on this:

To understand divine Mind requires a shake-down. Mind can’t be understood intellectually, certainly not by the human mind. Knowledge and experience, whether asked for or not, inevitably spotlights the magnification of divine Mind and self-destruction of mindless stuff.

Reread Mark 15 and 16, John 19 and 20.

Read in Science and Health’s chapter, Glossary, the definitions for “Burial,” “Devil,” “Human Mind (Mortal Mind, in Eddy’s book),” “Matter,” “Mind,” and “Resurrection.”

Did Christ Jesus stay true to divine ideals, which in turn allowed dead-end ideals to bury themselves? Did Jesus’ perceptions of divine Mind touch and bless others? Now, let’s look at how divine Mind’s action is repeated today.

Take a few minutes to learn or refresh your knowledge of the Twin Towers 9/11 attack in New York City.

On a full page, write down answers to these questions. How has that horrible 9/11 event spotlighted the power of divine Mind? How can we let evil bury itself in regard to the 9/11 event?

Does divine Mind know evil? Or does divine Mind, expressed through un-lapsing spiritual power, replace the empty beliefs in human stereotypes?

We must put our weight on the side of mindful awareness and not join those who can’t divide Mind’s attributes and human mind’s reactions, especially its reaction to stereotype. The 9/11 event, hopefully, spotlights the poise and equilibrium of divine Mind while replacing the extremisms of human mind.

Now, let’s look at divine Mind’ presence in less extreme circumstances.

Read Harvard Gazette’s October 2018 interview of Professor Ellen Langer, titled, Ellen Langer’s State of Mindfulness.

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/10/ellen-langer-talks-mindfulness-health/

Langer’s statements show a community willing to value mind as equal to body. And why not? Since human mind and body are one. Langer amplifies the ideas of equality and oneness by depicting a picture of people and health professionals working together equally.

Our own scientific experiences also can value oneness and health, in that, we judge rightly, with poise and equilibrium. For example, although God has empowered us to heal metaphysically, that doesn’t mean God empowered us to heal solely through prayer. Prayer is another human method like using medicines. Metaphysics involves intelligence and working together equally. Metaphysics involves divine Mind.

[1] Rom. 3:4 (Amplified)

Christian Science Review, 9

Question. What is intelligence?

Answer. Intelligence is omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. It is the primal and perpetual quality of infinite Mind, the all-inclusive Principle—Life, Truth, and Love—named God.

Think on this: Because we’re trained to believe that the mechanism of the human brain controls intelligence, we therefore experience not only intellect but also stupidity, since the brain runs extremes.

However, the view that recognizes intelligence as attached to the human brain is dying.

Animal and bug brains show intelligence. Moreover, people see intelligence expressed in the survival behavior of plants or in outer space systems. As our views of intelligence expand, we indirectly stop looking for objects resembling the human brain and increase the possibility of discovering intelligent life on earth and in outer space.

Time spent measuring intelligence, for example, IQ testing, will be replaced by testing thoughts, to make sure we employ divine thoughts and not human thoughts. Divine thoughts, grounded on infinite Mind and Love, result in a wisdom we can identify with and put to work in everyday life. Whereas, human thoughts, based on human history and wants, eventually find dead ends.

As for intelligence in the form of information or news, it is our right and responsibility to weigh the information with unbiased honesty and spiritual courage, the Christ-spirit. It is our right and responsibility to use our God-given courage to wrap our self in Truth, which comes with new truths each day.

Intelligence is knowledge, presence, and power. It has no beginning and no end. Spirit is intelligence and we Spirit’s image and likeness.

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”—Colossians 3:1-3

 

 

 

A better understanding of Mary Baker Eddy

A better understanding of Mary Baker Eddy requires fact above falsehood. It requires admitting and correcting mistakes, rather than turning a blind eye or giving excuses.

Three examples:

  1. When Mrs. Eddy is accused of plagiarism, recognize the validity in this argument. Although 19th century writing wasn’t regulated by today’s copyright laws, Mrs. Eddy’s writings contain a glaring lack of referencing. If she was ahead of her time, she would have credited everyone she quoted with due respect. Mrs. Eddy didn’t even follow her own advice when telling other writers of her time to credit her when discussing ideas found in her Science and Health. What was considered complete in the 19th century is no longer complete to today’s human perceptions and as a result Mrs. Eddy is misperceived. But correction is possible by producing copies of her works with added references and proper crediting. Fact above falsehood also adds credibility to the “science” of Christianity. Scientific documents and texts are such because they’re referenced.
  2. The claim that Mary Baker Eddy was a charismatic leader of an un-Christian cult seems complex, however, the light of understanding shows that all leaders have charisma. Mrs. Eddy’s charisma shouldn’t be denied but admitted and then her followers should answer honestly: Do I talk and act as if Mrs. Eddy teaches exclusive (cultish) knowledge? Do I talk and act as if Mrs. Eddy had, or her writings have, all the right answers? Or, do I talk and act as if Mrs. Eddy was a significant servant to Christ? Do I place God and the Bible as sufficient to advance Christian Science, as stated in the first tenet given by Mrs. Eddy for Christian Science? Charisma isn’t the focus when God is.
  3. Misunderstandings of Mary Baker Eddy multiply and mangle when critics and admirers speak for her. When in fact we really can’t speak for her. No matter how well we know her history, our words shouldn’t speak for Mrs. Eddy as if we know what she “believed,” or “revered,” or “wished.” There can be no assuming or pretending we know what Mrs. Eddy would do today, because it’s not a point in Christian Science which deals with fact, evidence, and divine inspiration. We can actively admit the evidence that her church leadership was successful, however her outline for future church leadership lacked foresight and success. But based on the facts that Mrs. Eddy amended church bylaws as spiritual ideas unfolded and spiritual ideas are still unfolding, the bylaws can be amended again by people who take full responsibility for their action. Moving forward with God, rather than repeating or arguing opinions about what Mrs. Eddy wanted or didn’t want, would substantially aid in a better global understanding of her.

In today’s world of 7 billion inhabitants, Mary Baker Eddy is unknown. To the few who are acquainted with Mrs. Eddy, many are critics. Eddy has always been a controversial person, however, as with any controversy, it is opportunity to clarify and advance in understanding. In other words, if clarity and understanding aren’t given the upper hand, Mrs. Eddy will continue to be lost to history through misunderstandings. Clarity is not achieved by repeating “insider” language and behavior.

Clarity is achieved by representing that which is correct to human perception.

 

Reviewing Christian Science, Part 8

Question. What is Life?

Answer. Life is divine Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit. Life is without beginning and without end. Eternity, not time, expresses the thought of Life, and time is not a part of eternity. You know Life when you stop knowing time. Time is finite; eternity is forever infinite. Life has nothing to do with boundaries of any kind. Spirit doesn’t know the stuff called matter. Soul includes in itself all substance and is Life eternal. Matter is an inconsistent human concept or invention. Life is divine Mind. Life is not limited; death and limitation are unknown to Life. If Life ever had a beginning, it would also have an ending.

Think on this:

The life of God is totally opposite to the life of a human being. Except that we don’t fully understand either.

As smart as we are, we don’t fully understand how or why the physical body and mind works or reacts. Human knowledge is incomplete knowledge. And if God is complete then God did not create something incomplete.

We don’t say a chicken produces an egg shell. We expand the knowledge and say a chicken produces an egg shell filled with yolk and white. The white can feed a fertilized yolk as it develops into a chickie.

Genesis 1: 21-22

“So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’”

This Bible verse and the chicken’s life shines a light on infinity, ongoing life, eternity. It busts boundaries, reduces limitations, and stops knowing time. But a lot goes on in the meantime. That’s why we’re careful about our thoughts and actions.

To say God created human beings is incomplete. Human beings have beginnings and ends. Human beings are restricted by time, boundaries, and the stuff called matter. Every time we learn something more about human beings, we have two more questions.

It’s better to say God created humane beings. This leads thought usefully. God created caring people, compassionate and civilized beings.

But we must not disregard the boundaries that come with human life. To transition from the human to the humane to the spiritual takes knowledge and experience. We can’t assume we are more humane or spiritual than we are human and expect spiritual healing.

It’s a tough call to aim for the life of Spirit while living the life of humans but in doing so, we advance with knowledge leading to completeness. In other words, we can’t aim for the life of Spirit while pretending we have no human life to work out the solution with.

When praying, acknowledge the life of Spirit, divine Life. Don’t try to prove something to yourself or other human beings. A full egg doesn’t try to prove something to an egg shell. Keep developing spirituality, feed on the knowledge of Life. Yet live the life you have to its fullest with regard for life, compassion, and growing completeness.

Reviewing Christian Science, part 6

Q. What is the scientific statement of being?

A. There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in separate minds. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is divine Truth; divisible 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, individuals are not things, but ideas of one Mind.

Think on this:

The definition of scientific  involves a system or method. I think of it as a linear thought process. It can become unscientific when veering off with thoughts that don’t stay in line with a reachable goal.

Example: Mathematics is a science. To learn how to do math, we first learn numbers, then addition and subtraction. Then calculus. It’s a linear process starting out with simple ideas and leading to more complicated ideas.

To get to the moon, a lot of math is necessary.

If we started out learning numbers and then learned how to cook pancakes, the science of math still exists but the effort to get to the moon became unscientific. We may have pancakes to eat but the more difficult math problems probably won’t get figured out.

Same with the scientific statement of being. “Being” is defined as existence, actual life. Mind, nature. Self.

To get to the goal of staying with scientific being, the thought process doesn’t divert off to believe being is human or mortal. The thought process stays with Being as Spirit, divine Mind and us as spiritual and mindful.

We first learn qualities of God such as wise and loveable. Then we learn how to give forth those qualities. Then we learn about the qualities of patience and humility. The more difficult problems may be learning how to give forth all Godlike qualities during changeable, divisive, or horrible circumstances.

When we think about our self, we know our self as idea, image, of Spirit and intelligent Mind.

The situation becomes unscientific or broken when we treat our self as chaotic or broken. No doubt, things get complicated or broken but they ultimately have no scientific statement of being. But, that which is un-Godlike has no ultimate existence. That which is unspiritual or unwise is not a part of our being.

When we keep in mind, Spirit and our spirituality, Love and its reality, existence is, and we are. Being.

From the Bible, II Kings 5, we read about a little girl who was captured. She became a slave of Naaman’s wife.

Naaman was a captain of the army of Aram. He was a great man, valiant, well-liked and respected, however he had a disease called leprosy.

The little girl told the wife that there was a man in Israel, Elisha, who could heal Naaman.

After a bit of negotiation between leaders, Naaman did go to Elisha, along with his horses and chariots, to be healed. Before he got to Elisha’s house, Elisha sent a servant out to tell Naaman, “Go wash in the river Jordan seven times, and you’ll be healed.”

But Naaman was disgusted and angry. He wanted a big show. He wanted Elisha to come out and call upon God and make Naaman look like a grand hero. Or at least go wash in a nicer river than the Jordan.

But a servant calmed Naaman down and told him the point isn’t doing something great in the world but following humility and health. So, Naaman did wash himself seven times in the Jordan and he was healed.

Scientific being remains in God.

 

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Reviewing Christian Science, 5

From 21st Century Science and Health:

“Question. What are the requirements of the Science of Soul?

“Answer. The first requirement of this Science is, “You shall have no other gods before me.”[1] This me is Spirit. Therefore, the command means this: You shall have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, and no love, except the unlimited. The second command, you shall “love your neighbor as yourself”[2] is like the first.

“It should be thoroughly understood that all people have one Mind, one God and Parent, one Life, Truth, and Love. The fulfillment of real identities will be realized as that fact is understood. War will cease and true sisterhood and brotherhood will be established. When we have no other gods and turn to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide us, we then experience our God-likeness, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.

“Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as reflected by spiritual beings. Soul is not in a body, but is reflected by spiritual beings. The belief that the eternal reality can be constrained in relative matter is an error that creates problems. A leading point in the Science of Soul is that Principle is not controlled by its idea. Spirit, Soul, has never been confined to human beings. If we reason from effect to cause, we will believe God created mortal humans, and sure enough, physical existence and God becomes a mystery. We cannot interpret Spirit, Mind, through inconsistent perceptions, different for different people. So, improve the thought process; reason from cause to effect and Spirit will be found giving the true mental perception.

“Reasoning from cause to effect in the Science of Mind, we begin with Mind, which must be understood through the idea which expresses it and cannot be learned from changeable ideas. We arrive at Truth or intelligence, which evolves its own complete idea, when we don’t equate reality with human illusions. If Soul sinned, it would be mortal. Sin is mortal because it kills itself. If Truth is immortal, error must be mortal, because error is unlike Truth. Because Soul is immortal, Soul cannot sin, for sin is not the reality of being.

In thinking about this…

A definition for science is knowledge. The knowledge of Soul or Spirit has one intelligence, life, substance, truth, and love. It is content in circular love.

Up against the common images of separate bodies and beings, the knowledge of Soul presents images of one Mind, getting along with constructive purpose. The body of Soul reflects essence and spirit, liveliness.

The body of Spirit has no boundaries. It doesn’t droop. The body of Soul embraces sinless cause and effect. The knowledge of Soul naturally eliminates human illusions and emotions because Soul’s ideas are substantial.

[1] Ex. 20:3; Deut. 5:7

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[2] Matt. 19:19, 22:39; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; Rom. 13:9; Gal. 5:14; James 2:8

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