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Start with a new sense of yourself, reason rightly, build sturdily, and enjoy the lasting results!

Kerry Jenkins, C.S., House Springs, MO
Posted Monday, May 12th, 2014

 [Start over with a new sense of yourself, reason rightly, build sturdily, and enjoy the lasting results!]
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

Mortals and Immortals
for Sunday, May 18, 2014

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO (314) 406-0041

[Brackets are from Warren Huff, who thanks you in advance for all support, esp.  monthly gifts.]

Golden Text/(B16): An “all things new” standpoint includes a new you, [“every whit whole”! (John 7:21, SH 369:32)]
Who hasn't had a time when they wish they could start over, start anew?  Some have even wished they were someone else, anyone but themselves.  Well, this lesson tells us that actually, if we want to truly demonstrate our totally new nature “in Christ”, then we must allow this new sense of ourselves [as *“the divine image and likeness”,] to take the fore in our thought.  Not only that, but this new sense of self must be a moment-by-moment realization.  We don't do it once, or even twice in a “lifetime”.  Each day can be (really, must be), an opportunity to have a new, truer, more Christly view of our nature as God’s image.  Each day we can be “born again”, not of matter, but of Spirit!  [*With ALL things becoming new, a divinely new you will be “glad you use d.i.a.l.”—rely on “The Christ… yea, the divine image and likeness” and will “wish everyone did!” (SH 332:12)  See also SH 476:31-477:4 and citations S15, S25, S27 and S28 for more on the healing significance of Christ’s “infinite image” view of immortal manhood that “unfolds new views” a divinely-new you.]

Responsive Reading: Drop mortal self for spiritual.
No need to focus on material, temporary, appearance.  Mortality is not the focus.  I love that it says “...But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”  (1Peter 3:4)  Corruptible means what it sounds like—something that decays or can be subject to evil, something that is not of substance. It sounds like the writer here is talking about how we can count on the substance or immortal nature of something that is done in the privacy of our own “heart” or thought.  In that sacred “inside” place, we are not trying to impress anyone, influence anyone.  It is a place that is only between us and God/Spirit.  There is no opportunity there to be subject to an outside/erroneous influence if we are only looking to God for approval.  That takes it out of the realm of outer “ornamentation”.

Section 1: The Science of model-making is not guesswork!
I know that sometimes Christian Science doesn't seem all that much like the science you practice in the lab at school.  Where are the directions you follow, the carefully recorded steps to an experiment and the consistent results?  Well, the more I read about science today, the more it seems like the “consistent results” are more like percentages.  I am certainly not disparaging the thoughtful and dedicated work of those in the scientific community.  I love science!  True scientific thought broadens our horizons and elevates our standpoint.  But, let's face it, matter changes, is variable, not consistent at all.  Treatment of matter, therefore, is always evolving and usually “behind the curve”.  Christian Science looks to the consistent goodness of God, the laws of harmony that are set on the Christ, Truth, and bases its demonstration on this unchanging, unvarying foundation.  There is no point in focusing on that which is changing and inconsistent when we are looking for consistent good.  We can't look to matter for qualities that express God.  Matter decays, gets sick, injured and eventually dies.  Should we then spend our life trying to improve matter through exercise, diet, decoration?  Or should we “seek the true model”? (S1 & S2)  The Science of man is not guesswork; there is no formula because it deals in spiritual substance rather than material knowledge.  Spiritual substance addresses thought, and your thoughts are different from mine.  When you are dealing with a knee problem, are your fears and thoughts and circumstances going to be the same as mine?  No.  But the “steps” we take in Christian Science treatment do cover similar spiritual ground.  We both have to deal with fear, though maybe the angel thought that comes to you differs from the one that comes to me.  But both are from the same source, both are Truth.  Both are healing and powerful and set us on the solid Christ foundation that can't be washed away by material circumstances or variations of “type” of injury.  We also draw on our own experience in Science.  Each is asked to find something new in his or her understanding in order to rise to the next level of spiritual understanding.  It is this elevation of thought which brings healing.

Section 2: Is God indifferent?
Hezekiah was a good man.  He got rid of idols, he worshipped God, and he endeavored in every way to be obedient and to encourage his kingdom to do the same.  No one would say that it would be “just” for him to get sick and die “young”.  If no person would admit that, then why would God? (B6)  This is the question being asked in this section.  Is God somehow uncaring of His own creation, does He just “drop the ball” and allow His children to be subject to the random nature of matter?  The answer here is a resounding “NO!”  Early astronomers came to really goofy conclusions about stars and planets and their “orbits” when they assumed that the sun revolved around the earth.  If we assume that man is material, we will spend our lives in battle against the random and indifferent conclusions that this assumption produces.  Billions are spent on extending material existence, creams, exercise, diet, surgery... all in the vain attempt to extend existence, even if we can't achieve immortality.  If we start from the premise that man is spiritual and work daily to understand this view, the conclusions we reach come into line with Life— the harmony, depth, wisdom, understanding, satisfaction and joy that come with that premise.  This is how Hezekiah came to understand that healing and life were more expressive of God's nature, than death.  [See Warren’s P.S.#1 for “the Lord’s doing” (B10) in his restoration to life from a Hezekiah-like, near-death experience.]

Section 3: So then, if God is in control, does He make mistakes?
Jesus raises the little girl (Jairus' daughter) from death in this section.  Mrs. Eddy explains this “miracle” saying: “This Mind does not make mistakes and subsequently correct them. God does not cause man to sin, to be sick, or to die.” (S13)  If we start with the idea (false premise) that man is made in matter, then there is no hope of lifting that man out of the belief of death.  Death is final, a permanent verdict.  But if we start from a new standpoint, don't try to fit spiritual life into matter, don't try to make Spirit and matter coexist, we can find freedom, right here and now, from this terrible verdict, just as Jesus did.  We have to “put forth” those old thoughts, or old ideas.  There's no room for them to exist side by side.  [See P.S. #2 about a Cobbey Crisler insight about putting the funereal thought of the paid mourners (old bottles) out of the house.] Beliefs about material man are “exploded” by glimpses of spiritual man.  Likewise, beliefs about material man obscure our view of that spiritual/new man.  Divine Mind governs with Love, without lapse! 

Section 4: Build your “house” on the right understanding of Spirit!
Every Bible lesson helps us to progress in our understanding of God and man.  This one is no different.  Our understanding has to be founded on Truth, the foundation that Jesus laid and illuminated through his demonstration of Truth.  He revealed man as spiritual, as free from so-called laws of matter.  We are encouraged in this section to find that when we build this new “house” on a true foundation, we will get to enjoy it, we will find that harmony and peace that God has established through law, for Her creation as spelled out in citation B15.  In looking up this seemingly obscure quote from Deuteronomy 20:5, I found that it was universally translated this way, and that it referred to a temporary exemption from military conscription.  It was a reward for being a productive member of society.  If you build a house and then go off to war and die before you get a chance to live in it, then someone else would be the beneficiary of this home.  Instead, your military service is delayed so that you can enjoy and dedicate this house that you've built, before you must serve.  Likewise, if we are welcoming that new understanding of man, and of God as Spirit, not a whimsical, indifferent, mistake-making deity, then we will begin to experience more consistently the peace and satisfaction that come with this ever new understanding.  We can't know God through material sense.  Matter will never afford an accurate view of Spirit.  So, we must build our understanding of God on the solid foundation of Christly demonstration.  This is living in Christ [… in your all-newness and immortality as spelled out in the Golden Text and repeated in citation] B16.

Section 5: Right reasoning illuminates immortal man.
Right reasoning, correct premises, strong foundations—bring us to the conclusion that man is immortal, spiritual.  I have always loved the plea from Isaiah (B18) “Let us reason together, saith the Lord:”  God doesn't ask us to figure this mess out all on our own.  She has compassionately given us the examples of prophets, of Jesus and of his disciples and apostles, and of Mary Baker Eddy, to follow and learn from.  God reasons with us, Mind always communicates with His ideas.  His reasoning leads to correct conclusions about man, about us.  Our job is to keep spiritual existence “before the thought” (S23).  Mortal mind has to “part with error” and we help this process along by reasoning not from the basis of mortal mind and material “law”, but by progressing in our thought spiritually, by filling it with the new ideas of Spirit as we empty it of matter.  Spiritual sense supports these claims of man's spiritual nature; demonstration proves them!

Next time you wish you could start over, know that you can!  You can start over from a new standpoint that has nothing to do with what matter is shoving in your face.  You are given the freedom and grace to be “reborn”.  And this “new you” corrects past “wrongs”, it doesn't ignore them.  The “new man” includes all mankind in its embrace.  Reason rightly, build sturdily, and enjoy the lasting results!


[Warren’s P.S. #1: Almost 6 years ago, I experienced “the Lord’s doing” (B10) in my restoration to fullness of life from a Hezekiah-like, near-death experience. Since then, thanks to God’s healing- and guiding-hand and to the financial support of one-time and monthly donors, I have been eagerly engaged in a mission to develop a 30-acre Bible Lands Park at CedarS.  Its purpose is to bring out, in a fun and life-transforming way, the Bible’s lively, spiritual answers to every challenge of today.  Our latest project (as funded hole-by-whole) is to criss-cross this sacred terrain with a Bible Frisbee (Disc) Golf Course that re-lives “Aha! Moments” of Bible characters when and where they felt their special wholeness in Oneness with God. (Details and take-home ahas! will be shared in coming issues as this idea is supported and developed!)
Here are excerpts about my “Aha! Moment” healing as first told in the footnote to a Bonus Thanksgiving 2009 issue of CedarS Mets.  “About a year ago-after a joyous 2008 summer and fall of service, I found myself agonizing in the passenger seat during our evening move home from camp. I sang (along with the sound system) many hymns that I knew by heart--due to years of camp Hymn Sings. I belted them out at first through tears of intense pain, and later through tears of immense gratitude.  For the first part of the trip the disabling discomfort just wouldn't let up, no matter how I changed my position or what hymns or citations I prayed. The pain seemed to radiate from a huge internal growth that had been steadily growing for several months. It had attempted to rob me of my vigor as well as of all ability to lift one of my legs. In deepest humility--and with prayerful support from the dear driver, from my mom and from a precious practitioner who I kept calling-I continued to reach out to God and to sing each word with renewed understanding, conviction and vigor.  With tears of joy I cherished the truths about my spiritual nature as if they were being tenderly told to me in order to save my life for God's service—and that they did! All pain finally broke thanks to this all-out, fervent praying and singing—and I have hardly stopped smiling or singing since.  I remain eternally grateful that I took "God-is-All" instead of Tylenol—that I chose Christian Science treatment to eliminate not only the pain, but also its cause rather that opting to just temporarily relieve suffering.  I knew when I got home without pain that I was healed, although the draining and dissolving of the growth took several more weeks of consistent "ray-delineation therapy" which "dissolves tumors" with the invigorating purity of "the sunlight of Truth" that "Christian Science brings to the body." (S&H 162:4)  I applied each ray of this divine, healing sunlight –shining the specific, promising laws and wonderful ideas laid out in the precious paragraph that starts with this powerful sentence: "Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies…” (S&H 162:4). Have fun being invigorated (refreshed, revitalized, stimulated, enlivened, energized, animated, rejuvenated, strengthened) and purified (cleansed, disinfected, sanitized, decontaminated) as you sing-out this transforming "sunlight of Truth"!]

[P.S. #2 about a Cobbey Crisler insight on the Christ putting out of the house before raising Jairus’ daughter the funereal thought of paid mourners (old bottles).  (B-12, Matt. 9: 16-26)  “(Verse 23) ‘And he goes into the ruler’s house, with all sorts of instruments and noise.’  There were paid mourners. We’re told by Josephus that even the poorest family had at least two pipes and a couple of horns playing at a funeral. So you can imagine what a ruler of the synagogue would have sounded like, probably like a symphony by Shostakovich.  He comes in there.  Just think of the atmosphere that’s going on. Jesus alters the atmosphere before he heals.
(Verse 24) ‘He says the maid is not dead but sleepeth.’  That apparently means he felt unable to affect a cure, a raising of the dead, in the presence of the weight of grief. If he’d kicked everybody out while they were crying, he would not have been supported by the social custom of that day or this, would he? 
 You don’t go into a funeral and sweep everybody out who’s crying.  That’s why they’re there. They came to cry.  Notice what Jesus does.  This was pointed out to me by someone who is really respected for her Scriptural insight.  I’d really missed the point.  Jesus changed the whole environment.
He made a statement that was perfectly true to him but which was ridiculous to the average human thought.  He said “The maid is not dead, she’s only sleeping in there.”  So, notice how deep the grief ran. They all suddenly laughed.  You and I know, you don’t laugh funerals.
(Verse 25)  ‘He could clear everybody out who was laughing.  Then proceeds to raise the child.’]


[The Met application ideas above are provided primarily to help CedarS campers and staff (as well as friends) see and daily demonstrate the great value of studying and applying the Christian Science Bible lessons throughout the year, not just at camp!  YOU CAN ALSO SIGN UP for weekly emails from past CedarS staff of possible ways to share Bible Lesson applications with older, as well as younger, Sunday School classes by clicking the "Subscribe Now" button (lower left) at http://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/ ]

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[Additional Director's Note: You can sign up to have these application ideas emailed to you free – by Monday each week in English; or by each Wednesday you can get a FREE TRANSLATION: in German, thanks to Manfred and Jeanette; or in Spanish, thanks to a team of Ana, Erick, Claudia and Patricio, or in Portuguese, thanks to helpers of Orlando Trentini in Brazil.  A voluntary French translation by Rodger Glokpor, a Christian Scientist from Togo (West Africa) has been contributed.  Thank you, Rodger and all translators! Go to http://www.cedarscamps.org/ and click "Newsletters" to sign-up for a free translation into these languages.  This sharing is the latest in an ongoing, 13-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 emails to follow.) 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 serve as 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 and in a variety of useful formats 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-26) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (S-1 thru S-32). 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.]

 

 

 

 

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