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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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Book recommendation

I just finished a book that portrays fairness and intelligence. It also allowed me to get to know Islam a bit better because the author grew up in a Muslim home. I want to rid myself of bias or prejudice against other religions and this book helps.

The book title is, The Blindfold Horse: Memories of a Persian Childhood, and it’s written by Shusha Guppy.

The first chapter is about a blindfolded horse and to be honest, it confused me some because I don’t really see how it tied into the rest of the book. But the chapters are short, so I was able to get to the second chapter quickly and read about Guppy’s life and memories, which were written very well.

I could identify with her life in that God, love, trust, friendship, and courage are important.

Guppy talks about the dangers of religious fundamentalism and how it sadly affected the Persian countries in 1979, when the Shaw was overthrown, and religious authorities took control.

The book reminds me of the importance of keeping state and religion separate and to put God before religious organization. It reminds me to follow divine rules before I follow church rules.

I recommend The Blindfold Horse.

Watch what I want

A short time ago, I wrote a post about wanting a new Bible. Because I sometimes get tired of reading the Bible we have, with its gore, lack of respect for women, and acceptance of slavery, I mulled over the idea of establishing a new Bible.

I know that the Bible, in and of itself, shows how humanity has progressed, and how our idea of God has advanced out of a punishing power into love. But surely, by the 21st century, we could find literature depicting even greater strides.

Then the other night, we watched the 2015 movie, “The Brand New Testament.

Director Jaco Van Dormael, also writer with Thomas Gunzig, tells the story of God, living in Brussels, Belgium, with his family. God is typified as a mean, irrational human being, directing a horrible history for humanity.

His son, Jesus Christ, aka JC, already escaped the household and the story follows how the younger daughter, Ea, escapes to rewrite Scripture and change history.

She gathers six disciples or messengers. We get a glimpse of their life and future as Ea intervenes with her special powers to promote compassion and a trust in good in humanity.

The film seemed a bit ridiculous to me. One disciple left her husband to partner with an ape, as if to show that some animals are better behaved then humans.

After making that mental calculation, I laughed at myself. I was trying to see the deeper meaning behind the story. Exactly what humans have been doing with the Bible for millennia.

There are thousands of Bible commentaries, books that explore the meaning, history, and context of Scripture. They are valuable as noted by Mel Lawrenz in his post titled, “How to Use Bible Commentaries.

Anyway, my desire for a new Bible has been tempered. I will continue to appreciate translations and revisions and commentaries that recover original meanings.

Brick walls

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes feel like I run up against brick walls. PHAP. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know if I can even do something, if I did know what to do.

It’s not a bad place to be when I realize it is the opportunity to return to the now, to know God NOW.

Brick walls seem to come about when my mind is in the future, when I’m really busy aiming for some future goal. Say a trip. A trip that will bring me closer to a job that will help me in my career.

Another “future” issue that can get stuck in the head is an avoidance of death. We do everything possible to keep our life pattern today the same. But, death isn’t what we make it out to be. Death isn’t the stoppage of life, but the end of false beliefs, fears, and desires.

The desire to push for advancement in my career is not that good. It can actually keep me from doing the job I need to do today. Advancement will come, it’s the law of God, but it comes by God, a good Spirit.

The brick walls fall when I, this is funny, when I go back into the past and recall truthful convictions, finished embraces. I remember a time when I was alone and couldn’t get up my driveway, after a long day of work, because of eight inches of new fallen snow. I have a long driveway. A truck pulled up behind me and it was our neighbor, who never comes home at that time. He said, “Cheryl, I felt like I needed to come home right now. I even drove my bosses truck. It has a lift in the back and I will go get our snowblower and come back and clear your driveway.”

I wonder, Are there really brick walls? Or, opportunities to see more of our infinite God, Love?

 

Truth never absent

An excerpt from my new book, from science & religion to God: a briefer narrative of Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health:

Overcome beliefs instead of restrict yourself to them. We can uproot disease and throw it out of the mind. We can comprehend that disease is not a fixed fact. We can feel the influence of divine Love casting out fear. Spiritual consciousness masters fear instead of avoids or cultivates it. The more that is said about moral and spiritual law, the better will be the quality of life and the further mortals will be removed from mental illness or disease.

Spiritual consciousness guides us to locate and employ physicians who see us as more than just a physical body. Honest conversations with practitioners are appropriate.

We don’t need to be negatively affected by advertisements paid for by pharmaceutical companies. It’s beneficial not to give time and attention to selfishness, coddling, or fear-based guessing about our minds and bodies. It’s beneficial not to discuss our maladies with others as if it’s a competition to see who is worse off…

Every human being must learn that evil has neither power nor reality in Spirit. Evil is a denial of truth, as if Truth could be absent, but it can’t. There is no absence of God, omnipotent and omnipresent good.

Evil is self-assertive, but its only power is to destroy itself. Evil is not immortal; if it was, goodness would be a myth. Every attempt of evil to destroy good is a failure and only aids in punishing the evildoer. Do not concede reality to disorder while dealing with it realistically…

Incomplete human beings get flustered when following Truth, but don’t give up. Be practical when abandoning the material for the spiritual. Eat healthy food, exercise wisely, work with integrity, use common sense, and be law abiding while you discover your spirituality.

The human footsteps are indispensable. Truth seekers are consistent who, watching and praying, can “Run and not be weary…walk and not be faint.”[1] We can gain spirituality rapidly and hold our position, or we can attain slowly and yield not to discouragement. God requires our due diligence. The battle between Spirit and flesh is fought and the spiritual facts of existence are reached step by step before the victory is won.

[1] Isaiah 40:31

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Pinpoint knowledge only to a point

On my walk in the woods this morning, I noticed it was 65 degrees in the shade and 82 degrees in the sun. Cool. Warm. Cool. Warm. As I walked in and out of the shade of deciduous trees.

Pinpointing temperature, or anything in this material world, is dubious. We pinpoint, because on some days I’m interested in knowing whether to expect 82 degrees or 2 degrees when I go outside.

The mistake is thinking whatever we pinpoint is truth, an actual fact. This mistake grows into a bigger mess when we argue over things that have been pinpointed.

Science and religion have been pinpointed. But their constant state of motion precludes us from thinking they’ve been pinpointed correctly as if one is better than the other.

Though the law of gravity stands fairly consistent here on earth, we aren’t going to take a 747 airplane to the moon and expect it to work the same. Moon’s gravity is different.

Though love has been identified as God by many minds, we aren’t going to carry this knowledge successfully into another mind that lacks an example of love.

Knowledge takes time. We can pinpoint certain knowledge as we move forward, however, dropping the knowledge, whether temporarily or permanently, comes in handy in our line of progress.

 

Cleaning Out the Mind

An excerpt from the modern abridged version of the chapter Footsteps of Truth:

Whatever and whoever is controlled by God is never for an instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence and Life. Socrates (470 BC-399 BC), Stephen (Acts 7:57-60), William Tyndale (1494-1536), Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), the list goes on, understood the superiority and immortality of good. These venerable people who put their faith in Soul and spurn physical timidity prove their immortality even if the stubbornness and malice of the crowd try to kill them.

Psychology or the medical field may inform us that the healing work of Christian Science comes through the human mind however the healing work only comes through divine Mind. The scientific and permanent remedy for any problem is to learn the power of Mind over the body or over any condition that couldn’t have possibly come from Love. Scientific methods are superior to any therapy juxtaposed with the human mind and body. “From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.”[1]

Sin and sickness are difficult to heal for many reasons:

  • The human mind is the sinner, disinclined to self-correction;
  • We believe the body can be sick independently of human mind;
  • We believe divine Mind intervenes on a whim;
  • We doubt God is willing or able to heal;
  • We have more faith in temporal drugs or physical manipulation;
  • We believe other people can do our work for us; or we want to do other people’s work for them.

Consider for a moment and find something you absolutely would not do, e.g. hunt, steal, abuse, kill, be an atheist, etc. and then apply that conviction to sickness. You can treat a belief in sickness with as sudden a dismissal as you do to kill. We can dismiss weariness, sorrow, pain, gluttony, hate and so on as we admit Mind is the supreme, absolute, and final power.

Entire immunity from the belief in sin, suffering, and death may not be reached at this period, but we can look for a decrease in these problems. Science includes no rule of disorder but governs harmoniously. Instinct is better than misguided reason. The human mind, when not inspirited by Truth, will correct some errors but not the errors they favor such as repeating out-grown but beloved formalities. Just because you master one problem doesn’t mean you can neglect to master other beliefs, even if you deem the belief harmless or true.

Feasting or fasting, along with any other self-indulgent activity, must be dismissed. Food should not be given more power than God. Let Truth regenerate the fleshly mind and feed thought with the bread of Life. The only diet that works is the diet that follows a plan involving honesty, wisdom, hard-work, and balance. “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”[2]

The greater does not go into the lesser. Spirit is greater than matter therefore Spirit is not in matter. Eternal Life is greater than human life therefore Life is not in human life. God is our Life.

What is Truth? The efforts of some ology to answer this question are vain. Only spiritual reason and free thought will meet face-to-face the divine Science that is enlightening humanity with truth.


[1] II Cor. 5:16, ASV

[2] Galatians 5:16, NIV

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