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Thrive in our beautiful, Big Universe!

Dan Carnesciali C.S., St. Louis, MO
Posted Monday, June 11th, 2012

[Thrive in our beautiful, Big Universe!]
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for June 17, 2012
Subject: Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?
Prepared by: Dan Carnesciali of Ballwin, MO (dancarne@gmail.com)
 
[Bracketed Notes from Warren Huff, CedarS Camps Director and Editor of its Weekly Newsletters: The following application ideas for this week, and the Possible Sunday School Topics (PSST) that will follow, are offered primarily to help CEDARS campers and staff (as well as friends) see and demonstrate the great value of daily study and application of the Christian Science Bible lessons year-round, not just at camp! You can sign up to have them emailed to you free -- in English by Monday each week, or by each Wednesday you can get a FREE TRANSLATION in French thanks to Joseph and Pascal, in German thanks to Helga and Manfred or in Spanish thanks to a team of Ana, Erick, Claudia and Patricio. YOU CAN SIGN UP at www.cedarscamps.org/newsletters]
 
How beautiful Earth is. How beautiful life is.  But how did the earth get here? How did life appear?  The Hubble Space telescope is able to pull in light that is believed to be almost from the beginning of the universe. That light has been travelling for 13,000,000,000 (billion) years. Physicists are exploring the question, what is the universe made of?  They are working on questions without easy answers. Such as, what is "dark matter" and how do we detect it? An estimated 84% of the universe is made up of a material named dark matter, which does not reflect light. American spiritual explorer Mary Baker Eddy grappled with the question what is the universe made of. Her understanding was that the universe has no limits and is entirely spiritual. Since this lesson asks big questions, we are going to tackle it like a big meal, one course and one bite at a time. Rather than give you lots of answers, you'll find that this "Met" asks lots of questions.
 
Golden Text: ["O Lord God of hosts..."]
Who is strong like God, the God of hosts? Hosts refers to heavenly hosts, which means a large army of angels. When David approached Goliath he said, "You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied" (New International Version, 1 Sam. 17:45). "In the name of God" means with the authority of God. Because God created the stars and earth, are they material? Are they spiritual? Are they both?
 
Responsive Reading:
The Bible says God is great, powerful, the glory and majesty. All that really is, is God's. The author of Chronicles declares, "Yours is the kingdom." What is a kingdom? Think of it as a territory or a state. But wait, there's more. A kingdom can also be a space or area for activity or mental activity. What about the kingdom within you? Jesus said that the kingdom of God is within you. Who governs that kingdom within you? Before you begin activities at or away from CedarS, take a moment and ponder who governs the activity and everyone involved.
 
Section 1 - Spiritual Universe
What a great quote from Psalms! "The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him." (NLT)   What does that mean to you? If the earth is God's, then what must the earth be like? If you don't look at things from God's perspective, you will get distorted views. For example, if you do poorly on a math test, you could say that mathematics has a problem and shouldn't be trusted. Mary Baker Eddy wrote this about how Jesus saw (beheld) the world around him.  "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals.  In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy." (Science and Health, 476:32) I ponder that passage every day.   I see new things in it all the time. Did you notice what heals the sick? Right, a correct view. Do you need special abilities or gifts to have the correct view of God and man? Rather than seeing liars, cheaters, mean people and sick mortals, Jesus' view was so clear, he saw like God. Healing was a natural effect of this correct view. In Job, you can see carefully worded questions [in the divine speeches], which go like this: If you are so smart, where were you when the earth was formed? When the mountains were formed do you remember how that was done? When the stars were launched, was there shouting for joy? Why is God asking Job [and us] these questions? [Bible scholar Cobbey Crisler reminds us that: 1) since God expects us to answer these questions according to Job 38:3, they're not rhetorical questions; and, 2) since the only place in the Bible where these questions are really discussed is in Genesis 1, that's where we can find answers, in the dominion man.]
 
Section 2 - Evolution
Different civilizations have different creation stories. How did everything start? Scientists theorize that the beginning of the Universe, the time before time, occurred as a Big Bang.  (http://ssscott.tripod.com/BigBang.html[A bumper sticker of creationist opponents of evolution remind us of the biblical Big Bang Theory: "I believe in the Big Bang Theory, GOD spake and BANG, it happened."] In John 1, it says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (B-6) After reading almost a dozen different commentaries I came to the opinion that there are many different opinions as to what this passage means. The word translated as word is Logos, a Greek word, has many definitions. Good translations would be the Mind of God, or Christ. Christ is the true idea of God, the coincidence between the divine and human. According to the Bible, everything that was made is/was made by God. God did not make anything unlike Godself. If you were God and you thought of your creation, what would You feel? Pause for a moment and feel what Soul, God feels about what God made. "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." (B-7) Mary Baker Eddy summarizes Darwin's theory of evolution this way. (Evolution means growth, progress, change.) "Mind produces its opposite, matter, and endues matter with power to recreate the universe, including man. Material evolution implies that the great First Cause must become material, and afterwards must either return to Mind or go down to dust and nothingness. The true theory of the universe, including man, is not in material history but in spiritual development." (S-8)
 
Section 3 - You Have Been Lied To
An alternate view of the universe is that good and evil battle each other. The first citation of this section says this.  Don't be deceived. Pay attention. Be wise. (B-11) Jesus spent time alone to pray.  Why would he want to do that? One time Jesus hadn't eaten for forty days and the devil [Satan or literally the Prosecuting Attorney] asked if he would like to eat. Imagine a conversation that went like this. "Go on, use your prayer power and feed yourself. You are so hungry. Yes, hungry. You know it's right to feed yourself. The real Son of God would command this stone to become bread. And he would eat it up. You do have some authority don't you?" (B-12) [The second temptation is an attempt to pervert the Lord's Prayer wherein human kingdoms, power and glory attempt to replace "Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever." Commenting on Jesus rebuttal to "Get thee behind me, Satan" Cobbey Crisler said, "If Satan is on front of us, we can hardly be face to face with God."] Part of the meaning of this story of temptations is to illustrate what Mary Baker Eddy terms the "lust of the flesh". Jesus' temptations help you see the lies of evil a mile away. Be alert and see that it is not your thought, or anyone else's thought. Having the Mind of Christ enables you to defend yourself. 
 
Section 4 - Healed
Jesus healed a man who had been sick for a long time, 38 years. The Bible says at Jesus' command the man was made "whole" immediately. Jesus met the man in the temple later and told him to observe how he had been made "whole." Later, the man willingly told others that Jesus had made him "whole". Recognizing that Jesus was Christ, he was also recognizing his own wholeness, the Christliness of himself. Why do you think the author bring up wholeness three different times? (B-14)  In Leviticus it says, "You must be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy." (B-13) (NLT) The core meaning of holy means whole, which is the root of the word to heal. You are whole because your Father-Mother God is whole. Feel wholeness. Feel inseparable from God-good. It's your right and your nature. Give God permission to come into every part of your life. Give God permission to flow out through every part of your life, through every pore. It's like breathing. It's natural.
 
Section 5 - Jesus Stilled the Storm
Mary Baker Eddy wrote that Jesus was "the most scientific man that ever trod the globe." (S&H, 313:4) Jesus was scientific? But he was just a rabbi walking dusty roads over 2,000 years ago.  What did he know about science? In Science and Health, Mary Baker Eddy defines science this way. "The term Science, properly understood, refers only the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man." (If someone asks you what Christian Science is, remember that it is the laws of Truth and Love.) These laws govern the universe, including you. If you mistakenly reason from effect to cause, you get chaos. If something bad or tragic happens, did God allow it to happen? Looking at things like this is like looking through the wrong end of a telescope, where everything appears super small. You could say that you have a bad telescope, or you could turn the telescope around. Jesus was crystal clear that God, Love, was the Creator.  Love expresses through you life, order, power, harmony, joy, etc. This wasn't just theory to Jesus. Several experiences are recorded in the Bible that give us a glimpse of his view of what truly governs the universe. One time he was in a boat out in the Sea of Galilee. The geography around the sea/lake produces sudden violent storms (http://christiananswers.net/q-eden/ednk-seaofgalilee.html). Because it is a relatively shallow sea/lake, the winds whip up the waves, which can be a big problem for people in boats. Waves were coming over the sides of the boat Jesus was in and the boat was filling up with water. When your canoe fills up with water, it has built-in flotation and doesn't sink.  But this boat was taking on water and was starting to sink.  What was Jesus doing during this shrieking storm? Sleeping. His travelling companions woke him up and said, "Don't you care that we're about to die?" I guess their response was understandable. Why was Jesus calm in the face of the storm, when the others were so afraid? They were looking through the wrong end of the telescope. Because the storm was big and violent, they were afraid. God seemed tiny and far away. Jesus stood up and told the wind that it was time to be calm. He yelled, "Peace, be still." "And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." When storms are going on in your life, stand up, and tell them, "Peace, be still" and do it with feeling! When you do this you are declaring the law of Truth and Love. You are tapping into something deeply, deeply powerful. Declare peace be still to error. Then declare peace be still to yourself. (B-16) Soak in law of God for as long as necessary and you will be safe. (B-17)
 
Section 6 - Inharmony is Never in God's Universe
Who or what is in charge of the world? Is nothing in charge? Is chaos in charge? Is the law of Truth and Love in charge? It is true that you find what you are looking for. This was demonstrated to me when I tried to learn how to ride a motorcycle. I rode the motorcycle up to the top or the street I live on. The problem was I was not comfortable turning the motorcycle around. It was heavy and didn't turn like a bicycle. I could see that I was heading towards a mailbox post. You guessed it. I didn't want to crash into the mailbox and I drove straight into it. Piloting a motorcycle is like navigating through life. You have to look where you need/want to go, not where you are going, or where you are afraid of going. Daniel knew where to look. "Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.  He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them.  He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.  He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him." (NIV) Don't look stare at the storm. Look to God and speak the truth and God will still the storm. "He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still." (B-21) Look at what God is seeing and all needed adjustments will take place. "Spirit blesses man, but man cannot ‘tell whence it cometh.'" (S-26)  "God creates and governs the universe, including man. The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the mind that makes them." (S-30)   A long time ago, a daughter lead her blind mother to meet a woman named Frances Thurber Seal, who is the Christian Scientist who was sent to Germany to spread Christian Science even though she didn't know any German. The blind woman said if God would let her look at her daughter one more time, that would be enough and then she could die. Mrs. Seal said this about the blindness. "No, no, no! Not in the whole of God's universe!" The next day the woman visited Mrs. Seal again without the aid of her daughter. Her sight had been restored and she could see as well as when she was a girl. (Christian Science in Germany, pg. 55) To any and all error we say, "No, no, no! Not in the whole of God's universe!"
 

[Voluntary, Around-The-Clock, Prayer Watch Partners Welcome: Thanks to all who prayed with us on Opening Day for 1st session yesterday to affirm the continuity of God promise to preserve the comings and goings of all our precious CedarS campers and their families. Click here to view the safe and happy arrival of Sunday's "CedarS Express" campers as well as many, fun Opening Day activities including our traditional, all-camp Hymn Sing to wrap up the day with an awesome feeling of God's "gentle presence, peace and joy and power." (Hymn 207, Mother's Evening Prayer) You are hereby invited to keep this wonderful, worldwide, prayerful support going by mentally and orally affirming God's protection of all the dear children in our charge at camp and in our universe at this moment! You might want to consider starting your treatment for today with Julie Ward's wonderful, illustrated "Daily Lift", "More in Number than the Sand."  You could continue prayerfully "on the same page" with us be clicking in to hear any of CedarS ongoing, daily "Prac(titioner) Talks" (for the last 12 years even). A rich resource for 2012 awaits all who set aside time to listen to the series of recent precamp "Prac Talks" by Craig Ghislin, CS of Bartlett, IL on CedarS 2012 theme of "Occupy God's Kingdom" by living the Beatitudes. Also in CedarS 2012 precamp prep mix for your listening pleasure is a splendid series of "Mets", metaphysical and practical gems delivered by Youth Development Professionals who are alumni metaphysicians striving to help prepare CedarS current staff to have such a fitness as to make "any abuse of the(ir) mission an impossibility". (S&H 455:20) David Corbitt, CS and Missouri COP, addresses St. Paul's journeys and guidelines; Catherine Hellman shares how to set up each cabin and camper for success and how to remove labels; Dan Schneider gives humorous, memorable and effective ways to better "Embrace Campers"; Terese Messman enlivens and uplifts Anti-Bullying efforts with skits; Dr. Steve Hinthorne talks about upholding CedarS care fundamentals in our work; Gary Duke, CS, relates more on CedarS theme as well as on the spiritual equivalents to our country's Founding Documents... The parents of current campers who will especially benefit from clicking into these resources are being asked to take part in a voluntary 24-7 Prayer Watch for an hour per day as part of CedarS prayer family. Our mission is to specifically thank God in advance for the perfectly safe, divinely-orchestrated, and happy camp experiences of hundreds of campers and staff who are already making 2012 CedarS best summer yet!]
 
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 [Camp Director's Note: This sharing is the latest in an ongoing, 11-year series of CedarS Bible Lesson "Mets" (Metaphysical application ideas) contributed weekly by a rotation of CedarS Resident Practitioners and occasionally by other metaphysicians.  (Ask and look for "Possible Sunday School Topics "and "Possible Younger Class Lessons" in subsequent emails.) These weekly offerings are intended to encourage further study and application of ideas in the lesson and to invigorate Sunday School participation by students and by the budding teachers on our staff. Originally sent JUST to my Sunday School students and to campers, staff and CedarS families who wanted to continue at home and in their home Sunday Schools the same type of focused Lesson study, application and inspiration they had felt at camp, CedarS lesson "mets "and Sunday School ideas are in no way meant to be definitive or conclusive or in any way a substitute for daily study of the lesson. The thoughts presented are the inspiration of the moment and are offered to give a bit more dimension and background as well as new angles (and angels) on the daily applicability of some of the ideas and passages being studied. The weekly Bible Lessons are copyrighted by the Christian Science Publishing Society and are printed in the Christian Science Quarterly as available at Christian Science Reading Rooms or online at eBibleLesson.com or myBibleLesson.com. The citations referenced (i.e.B-1 and S-28) from this week's Bible Lesson in the "Met" (Metaphysical application ideas) are taken from the Bible (B-1 thru B-24) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (S-1 thru S-30). The Bible and Science and Health are the ordained pastor of the Churches of Christ, Scientist. The Bible Lesson is the sermon read in Christian Science church services throughout the world. The Lesson-Sermon speaks individually through the Christ to everyone, providing unique insights and tailor-made applications for each one. We are glad you requested this metaphysical sharing and hope that you find some of the ideas helpful in your daily spiritual journey, in your deeper digging in the books and in closer bonding with your Comforter and Pastor.]

Possible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs) by Merrill Boudreaux
for the Christian Science Bible Lesson of June 17, 2012
"Is the Universe, including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?"
 
PSST: Golden Text: Please read aloud Hymn 45 from the Christian Science Hymnal. Now answer the question posed in the Golden Text. Ask students, How many God(s) are there? Ask students to memorize Deuteronomy 6:4: "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord."
 
PSST: Responsive Reading: What key idea is in the Responsive Reading? That is, what do you think this text wishes us to understand; what is the Big Idea here? There could be more than one, but how about "The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved."?
 
PSST: Section 1: What "saith the Lord that created the heavens" in this Section's Bible citations? Ask students to list what God is saying to them. What are the three O words in citation S5? Ask students what is the meaning of omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. Do the students know that in the Abrahamic religions there was a fourth O, omnibenevolence?
 
PSST: Section 2: Ask students to define "word". In language it is the smallest element uttered in isolation to have meaning. Complex words may have affixes, that is prefixes and suffixes, to expand their meaning and use. But in citation B6 ‘word' takes on a different meaning because it is with God and is God. Ask students to replace ‘word' with one of the seven prominent synonyms used by Mrs. Eddy. "In the beginning was Truth"; "In the beginning was Life", and so forth. What is the result in the universe with this application? (B7) Light could be another substitute word for "word".
 
PSST: Section 3: Ask students to read aloud the Bible story in this Section. They may already be familiar with it. What is the hint, in the first line, of the outcome? "Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost." Since Jesus was full, where could there be any room for any other word, suggestion, belief to enter? Which words of God was he full of? Life, Truth, Love, and so forth. Did Jesus have ready answers for the tempter? What was his most powerful response that ended the temptation? See also citation S15.
 
PSST: Section 4: Are there two of you, one material and one spiritual? Do not be tempted. Look to the Science & Health portion of this Section for your answer. (S18) S20. Ask students to memorize citation S20, p.476:32-5.
 
PSST: Section 5: Was Jesus' stilling of the storm a miracle? It is written he "rebuked the wind." What word might Jesus have used? Ask students to list one word-power-rebuke Jesus might have used. Think back to the temptation in the previous Section. If the stilling of the storm was no miracle but happened because of the application of Truth, then that truth must still be available and applicable today. What storms in the human experience seem apparent today? War, poverty, economic downturns, earthquakes, tornadoes. How powerful, that one word is sufficient. This should be no surprise to the Christian Scientist who knows the Tenets of Christian Science, especially Number 1.
 
PSST: Section 6: What else did the Word of God accomplish in citation B21? What is the expected understanding resulting from these observations? See the last statement in citation B21. Does lovingkindness of the Lord equate to omnibenevolence? Does your thought, or your being full of the Holy Ghost, have impact on your experience? How so? See citationsS28 and S29.     Define ‘obedience'. To whose will are we to submit? Go back to the Responsive Reading as to why we submit to the Lord's will. Now here is the big question: What is God's will for you?
     Consider concluding the class with a re-read of Hymn 45.

[Trust your "spiritual night light" to see thru scary beliefs in material creation.]
CedarS PYCLs--Possible Younger Class Lessons for:  
"
Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?"
The Christian Science Bible Lesson for June 17, 2012
by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO (314) 406-0041
[Brackets & late-email apology by Warren, CedarS Director of a best-yet, first week of camp!]
[PCYL G.T. & R.R.: Try Play-Doh as a way to explore how differently God makes things.]
I've been pondering hard how to present this to little guys in a way that is meaningful this week! You may want to look at the subject together and see if they have fun just trying to repeat the subject to you; the older ones can read it.  See if the readers know what it means.  With the littlest ones try talking about how things are made.  Give them some play dough and ask if they can make something with it.  When they are done ask if they think they know how God makes things.  Do they know what God makes?  Ask if they have ever had a great idea, can they see it in front of them?  Do they know what matter is?  Did God make matter?  What about beautiful things?  Did God make trees and birds?  Read a Psalm together from the lesson (you can pick right from the R.R such as Ps. 96:11-13 and then Ps. 33:5 or more of that if they can pay attention).  Talk about what it means for the "earth" to "rejoice", or the "field exult" or the "trees of the forest sing for joy".  Talk about what the poetry represents.  Have they ever been on a beautiful walk through a natural setting?  One doesn't have to live in the country for this to happen.  The cover of our state's conservation magazine for this month has a beautiful image of a green heron with a freshly caught fish in its mouth, and it was captured in our city's big park where the zoo and art museum, etc. are located.  Try taking a little walk outside to see if you can come up with examples of how the trees might be singing to the Lord, or whatever seems fun in that mode.  Before going out though, make sure you've nailed down what spiritual qualities these poems are representing.  Is it just the beauty of nature?  Or are we reaching for something spiritual behind that?
 
[PCYL: Take a little journal for solo time with God's creation.]
Have them take a little journal with them or a few sheets of paper.  If they are writers they can jot down some thoughts while sitting down outside quietly for five or ten minutes to themselves about what they see that makes them think of God and His/Her creation.  Then bring them together to share their thoughts.  You should do this as well!  If they are little, let them each have a small journal and pencil or pen and they will also enjoy "writing" what they see.  Ask them to tell you what they wrote.  If you don't have too many in your class, you may be able to "translate" what they "wrote" next to or opposite their scribbles.  Don't laugh, my three and five year old take this kind of writing seriously, they love to "write" in little journals and it is quite real to them, so it's not a waste of time!
 
[PCYL: Talk about Darwin's theory of evolution and about spiritual creation & evolution.]
With the grade school ages you can briefly talk about the theory of evolution that Darwin put forward around Mrs. Eddy's time.  Maybe you could talk about how that kind of gives an interesting explanation of the possible way that matter evolved.  But what is real creation made up of?  What does it have to do with our day today?  Notice the number of times in the lesson that we see the word evolved or evolve in the Science and Health.  What kind of evolving is she talking about?  This is radical stuff.  For example in citation S8 Mrs. Eddy posits "The true theory of the universe...".  Think together about what this means!  This is radical stuff.  God's creation brings light!  Look at the first chapter of Genesis.  And look at citation B6.  What does this light signify?  Is it the sun?  (Of course it is understanding, illumination, brilliance, clarity and so on).  Why is it important to know about the true creation? See citation S9 for one of the answers.
 
[PCYL: Discuss the utter opposition of Jesus to temptations of "two-ness" and to the storm.]
Notice that we really can't successfully balance or maintain a theory of creation that is material and spiritual side by side.  This is important to understand as we look at nature to think about God's creation.  There isn't some beautiful "natural" creation and then a spiritually perfect creation out there as well.  The nature that is beautiful hints to us of spiritual reality.  It may be the best way we can describe something spiritual.  But in citation S13 Mrs. Eddy points out that "The notion of a material universe is utterly opposed to the theory of man as evolved from Mind."  What does it mean to be "utterly opposed" to something?  Try looking at the storm at sea story in section 5 or the temptations presented to Jesus in the third section to think about how matter utterly opposes the true view of the universe and creation.  Jesus was asleep in the back of the boat.  Was he oblivious to the storm?  I don't think so.  I think he revealed to the others the peace that he was experiencing in the Kingdom of heaven where he lived, and that appeared to them as calming the sea.  A material creation comes with all the beauty and all the ugly drawbacks of matter.  We can all admit that sometimes nature is lovely, but we've also all seen road-kill, storm devastation, soil erosion, pollution and so on.  Matter comes with limitation, and the ability to harm or be harmed.  Spirit expresses eternal harmony.  We have the privilege of right now experiencing this reality as Jesus revealed it to us!
 
[PCYL: Discuss healings as proofs of spiritual creation opposing so-called laws of matter.]
Ask how they think we can prove that the universe is spiritual and evolved spiritually.  What gives us this evidence?  Look together at the Bible stories (or the story in S&H, section 5) to see if that helps them decide.  How does healing prove that Spirit is the reality and not matter?  Talk about a healing or two of your own that helps to clarify this.  You can illustrate how healing for you went against a so-called law of matter, either by "timing", or "accident", or altering some condition that may claim to be unalterable.  I hope that through this kind of discussion they can see that because creation is spiritual and supported by Spirit who is omnipotent and omnipresent and all good, then there is nothing beyond Love's control or government!  I think it's fun to notice that Mrs. Eddy says that God wouldn't bother messing around with a material creation (S21).  This, it may be worth noting, is quite a different view from other religions generally that take it as a rule that God made the material earth and then sat back and watched, more or less.
 
[PCYL: Ask how a "florist can find his flower before its seed" (S8) & how Daniel could interpret an unknown dream. (B20)]
Another interesting take on spiritual creation is found in citation B21 where "...He sent his word, and healed them..."  Isn't this a form of creation?  In this same section there is an amazing reference to the "order" of creation when it is spiritual.  Normally we must plant a seed before we get a flower, but Mrs. Eddy points out that spiritual creation doesn't follow material laws.  She says among much in citation S28, that "...the florist will find his flower before its seed."  (S&H 125:30) Ask the kids how this is possible.  Talk about how we have preconceived ideas of things all the time based on our material senses.  What has Jesus done to these ideas?  What does Mrs. Eddy's discovery in Christian Science do to these notions that we have?  You may want to discuss in this same section that, as MyBibleLesson points out, the passage from Daniel refers to a time where the king wanted to have a dream interpreted that he couldn't even remember.  How is this possible?  Why was Daniel able to do this?  If that can happen, what else is possible?
 
[PCYL: Trust your "spiritual night light" to see thru every "ugly" side of creation.]
When we feel afraid, it is like being in the dark.  Sometimes we are even afraid of the dark.  This will resonate with some of the younger students.  Once we understand something that is frightening us, we often lose our fear of it.  For example, if we are afraid of the dark and we turn on the light and see that nothing in the room is different, that may, temporarily perhaps, end our fear.  If we are afraid of horses, but we spend a lot of time working with them, loving them, riding them and grooming them, eventually we start to understand how they think and avoid things that bother them.  We become more knowledgeable and less and less afraid.  Understanding that God is all good, all present and that His creation is spiritual makes us less doubtful of the goodness around us.  Look at citation S7 to see what Mrs. Eddy says about this.  Ask the little guys if they use a night light.  Ask why it makes them feel more secure.  Explain that what they are seeking when they use a night light is really an understanding of what is really around them.  They want to really see that nothing bad is in the room and the light proves that to them.  How does our understanding of God do this for us too?  How does knowing God better help us realize that nothing in His creation can truly harm us?  A conversation around here might involve the idea of insect bites, or sunburn or such things.  I've seen good healings of both.  Share some thoughts about the power of God vs. the so-called power of matter and the "ugly" side of creation!
 
Have a great Sunday!

 
Astrophysicist Dr. Laurance Doyle's comments on the perceiving the true nature of the universe; plus a corrected quote: "No, no, no--not in God's whole universe."
1.      Dr. Laurance Doyle, a regular reader of CedarS weekly Lesson Mets as well as a world-renowned astrophysicist with SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute emailed earlier this week some insightful comments on information cited by Dan in the introduction to his "Met". "A quick comment on dark matter -- the current physics theory of the cosmos is that about 4% of the universe is made up of stars, gas clouds, everything astronomers have seen through all kinds of telescopes so far.  The remainder is considered to be 23% dark matter (the observation here is that stars in the outskirts of galaxies are moving too quickly to remain in the galaxies, so additional gravity is implied). And finally 73% is attributed to what is called "dark energy" -- the observation for this being the accelerating expansion rate of the universe."

Dr. Doyle continues: "Also, the current Big Bang theory, (what is called the "Inflationary Big Bang"), requires the ongoing creation of "universes" both before and after the one we presently observe, (and that this universe is hugely larger than previously suspected). This newest version of the creation of the universe is much more in line with Mrs. Eddy's statement, referring to Genesis Chapter 1, that "The infinite has no beginning." (Science and Health 502: 24). She also writes that, "Creation is ever appearing, and must ever continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source." (Science and Health 507: 28-29).  So creation is not a historic event in the distant past but an ongoing revelation of God's Being.  I think it's great to see this "on-going-ness" of creation unfolding in cosmological theories.  A "start" to creation never made sense to me. Thanks again folks!  With best regards, Laurance Doyle" (Click here to see a video presentation about science and spirituality from a Christian Science perspective by Dr. Doyle at Stanford University called "Science and Spirit: Where Do They Meet?")
 
2.      Please note the correction sent to me by Dan Carnesciali and another subscriber about the quote from F. T. Seal in her book in Dan's Section 6 application ideas. It should have been "No, no, no--not in God's whole universe." Also, she thought this (never voicing it) ...

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