Category Archives: Christian Science

Reviewing Christian Science, 4

Q. What are spirits and souls?

A. To human belief, they are personalities composed of consciousness and unconsciousness, life and death, truth and error, good and evil. Divine Science reveals how those contrasting terms don’t agree or conform to one another. Truth is indivisible; error is divisible. Truth is limitless; error is limited. Truth is intelligent; error is non-intelligent. Moreover, Truth is real, and error is unreal. This last statement contains the point you will most reluctantly admit, although first and last it is the most important to understand.

The terms souls, spirits, or human beings are as unsustainable as the term gods. Soul or Spirit signifies infinite Being and nothing else. There are not finite souls, spirits, or beings. Soul or Spirit means only one Mind and cannot be rendered in the plural. Mythology and human philosophies have perpetuated the fallacy that intelligence, soul, and life can be divided and confined, and thereby materialized. Idolatry and ritualism are the outcome of all human-made beliefs. The Science of spirituality comes with tool in hand to separate the chaff from the wheat. Science will declare God aright, and Christianity will demonstrate this declaration and its divine Principle, making humankind better physically, morally, and spiritually.

Think about this…On one side of the coin we have individual people. Everyone should have their own rights and life. On the other side of the coin we have humanity, the collection of all individuals. Getting along challenges individuals to act as a whole unit. But of course, we bump into problems because our diversity overwhelms unity.

For other solutions, let’s back up.

If we back up to the sides of the coins, it’s apparent each individual is assigned a different spirit or soul to make up the diversity and thereby make unity a super-challenge.

So, back up farther. Don’t focus on the sides of the coin.

Let’s keep the coin but start thinking with the coin itself. The coin is one Spirit. Now, move to the coins sides. Each individual reflects the one Spirit in their own way, plus as a whole unit.

Diversity isn’t different/separate persons or spirits, but diversity signifies the ever-expansion of one Spirit, the multi-color of one Soul, the ongoing proliferation of beauty.

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Radio interview, Monday

A heads-up:

The Warwick Chamber of Commerce Director interviews me about my books on Monday, March 11, at 12:30 p.m.

WTBQ (local Warwick station)

AM 1110

FM 93.5

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Reviewing Christian Science, 3

Q. Is there more than one God or Principle?

A. There is not more than one God. Principle and its idea are one, and this one is God—omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being. Omni is adopted from the Latin adjective signifying all. Therefore, God combines all-power or potency, all-science or true knowledge, all-presence. God’s reflection is child (man and woman) and the universe. The diverse manifestations of divine Science indicate Mind, never human mind, and have one Principle.—21st Century Science and Health

 

Think of this: A classic and Biblical definition of Principle is as follows; In a general sense, the cause, source or origin of any thing; that from which a thing proceeds; as the principle of motion; the principles of action.

One Principle, or one God, isn’t intended to divide as if one is better than another. One is one-and-only yet inclusive.

To have one God, one Mind, offers human beings a more unified way of processing thoughts. Typically, we process thoughts in our own way according to our beliefs and backgrounds. However, to have one Mind, shows the promise that we can offset our differences by recognizing the unique and inclusive mind of God.

When religious leaders asked Jesus the Christ by what authority he did the things he did, Jesus asked them, “John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin?”

The church leaders wouldn’t answer because they’d have to admit their hypocrisy and desire for human approval.

“[The church leaders] discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.) So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”—Mark 11:31-33

So, Jesus didn’t answer their first question. He wasn’t interest in one-upping someone else, he was interested in doing the will of one God.

One Principle keeps the competitive spirit healthy, we can be a good-sport. One Principle paves the way for fair compromises between partners. One Principle shares principled behavior and thoughts.

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In northern New Jersey?

Come on by the next show I’ll be selling my books at:
Sunday
March 3rd, 2019, 10:00 to 5:00
Paramus High School Spring Craft Show
99 E, Century Rd., Paramus, New Jersey

Reviewing Christian Science, 2

Q. Are the terms, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love, synonymous?

A. They are. They refer to one absolute God. They are also intended to express the nature, essence, and fullness of Almighty God. The attributes of God are justice, mercy, integrity, wisdom, goodness, and so on.—21st Century Science and Health

 

Think of this: Synonymous means equal, identical. The synonymous terms used to define God, give breadth and depth to consciousness. The terms, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love, expand possibilities and expectations. They remove us from the trappings of human minds, which always come to ends.

The God unseen by physical eyes may seem abstract, however our imagination exceeds our physical senses. Some people call this ability the third eye, or sixth sense but it’s the ability to know and understand God as infinite or divine Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.

It also helps to know what is NOT synonymous. Truth and the Bible are not synonymous. Christian Science and churches of Christ, Scientists are not synonymous. Christian Science and the book, Science and Health, are not synonymous. Human spirit and divine Spirit are not synonymous. Human emotion and Soul are not synonymous.

Christ is not synonymous with Jesus, but Christ is synonymous with Truth.

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.“–II Corinthians 2:14-16

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Reviewing Christian Science, 1

  1. What is God?
  2. God is bodiless, divine; supreme; infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.—21st Century Science and Health

 

Think of this: Bodiless is without a body, but not without body. God can’t be put into a form. God can’t be stuffed into a church building or a group of people. God is even more than molecules of an atmosphere because the atmosphere of earth is different from the atmosphere of the moon. Yet God is everywhere. God is presence. God is manifestation. A divine manifestation. Divine, not as better than a lower, but divine as including us all in that which is Godlike. Supreme, not as dominant, but as unmatched by that which is ungodlike.

Infinite Mind relates to endurance, continuation, current completeness. The Psalmist wrote…

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.—Ps. 100

For further reference, re-read the Psalm and replace the words, Lord and his, with each of the seven synonyms of God, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.

For example, Make a joyful noise to infinite Mind, all the earth! Serve Mind with gladness! Come into Mind’s presence with singing!

Now, let’s deal with the presumption that the words infinite or endure mean to suffer through. As if we’re supposed to put up with something horrible, which is kind of indicated when reading what Jesus Christ said here, “And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.–Mark 13:13

How do we not put up with or endure hate? By loving so much it ends hate. While remembering what Jesus Christ also said, “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”—John 6:27

Food that perishes is human approval. Don’t suffer the abuse of someone you want to love or someone you want to love you back.

Food that doesn’t perish is God’s approval and support to live a life of honesty and independence. We eat gratitude, forgiveness, and moral courage. We take part in the all-presence of life, truth, and love. We are conscious of God.

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Four degrees

It’s Four degrees Fahrenheit outside. Thick ice covers the ground. Wind.

I’m inside a house with a temperature of sixty-four degrees. In awe. And telling myself not to take the warmth for granted. I feel fortunate. The warmth should humble me. Am I desiring humility?

Golden text: Proverbs 22:4*

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.

21st Century Science and Health

Praying fervently for humility doesn’t always mean humility is desired.

The effective prayer is a fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, humility, love, and good deeds.

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