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Become a Spiritual Trailblazer! Disprove Matter's False Claims!

Craig L. Ghislin, C.S., Glen Ellyn (Bartlett), IL
Posted Monday, March 13th, 2017

[Become a Spiritual Trailblazer! Disprove Matter's False Claims!]

Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on:

"Matter"

For March 13—19, 2017

By Craig L. Ghislin, C.S. Glen Ellyn, Illinois (Bartlett)

craig.ghislincs@icloud.com / (630) 830-8683

[Apologies for formatting lost on the road when posted from my phone. When I return home later today, watch for Warren's PS#1-#7 and TOP NEEDS OF THE WEEK INFO FOR ways to make a difference in CedarS work and to keep these lessons Mets coming.]

In his book entitled Biocentrism, Robert Lanza, MD,writes, “Our entire education system in all disciplines, the construction of our language, and our socially accepted ‘givens'—those starting points in conversations—revolve around a bottom-line minjdset that assumes a separate universe ‘out there’ into which we have each individually arrived on a very temporary basis.” His book questions this view, and asks whether or not the universe would even exist if it were “empty of life, and absent any consciousness or perception of it.” (p.15). He questions all the perceptions of “matter” as the senses seem to discern them. Quantum mechanics has also posited questions about the visible universe, and the relationship between the observer and what appears to be reality.

Christian Science takes an altogether different view of matter that is clearly a radical departure from mainstream thought, and this Lesson explores many biblical precepts that challenge the common notions of matter-based existence, as well as how Mary Baker Eddy, challenges every material law through her understanding of the allness of God.

Every new idea in any discipline begins with one individual seeing things differently from the rest of us. As the scientific world has had its pioneers of progressive thought, so has religion. In the Judeo-Christian discipline, The Bible is filled with forward thinking individuals who push beyond the generally accepted beliefs of their time. In modern times, the woman who pushed furthest outside the envelope of materially based theories has been Mary Baker Eddy. Had she been aware of them, she may have been quite interested in the developments of quantum mechanics and biocentrism, but she took matter out of the equation altogether.

In Christian Science, matter isn’t a condition, or a state of being, but a false way of looking at reality. Matter is a termfor the belief in an objective state of a mind apart from God. Since God is the only Mind, a “mind apart from God” is impossible, and therefore its objective state—matter—is also impossible. This is a remarkably bold claim to make in view of the overwhelming sense evidence that would suggest otherwise.

Mrs. Eddy understood her views as biblically based, and provable. But at first, she stood alone in her discovery. To her understanding, the true nature of God was the key to salvation from the ills and limitations of the flesh. The Golden Text declares, “…all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible“salvation” signifies deliverance, or rescue from dire circumstances. The scriptures are referring to deliverance from the belief in the reality of matter, and an awakening to the reality and supremacy of Spirit. It’s safe to say that most people in the world don’t feel any particular urgency about being saved from the belief of life in matter. They don’t feel any danger, and they have become quite comfortable going along with mortal trends that eventually lead to sin, disease, and death. The Christ comes to rouse us, to show us the path out of matter, and to reveal to us that sin, disease, and death have no power to harm because this path leads to the understanding that God is the only power—there is none else.

Spiritual pioneers and their discoveries face strong opposition. The Responsive Reading is like a highlight reel describing the path of these trailblazers. Throughout the journey, God continually guides them, providing refreshment and sustenance. God’s care doesn’t come in random drips and drops, but as a spring—a constant source that never fails. The knowledge of God’s unending goodness gives new vitality to legitimate paths of thoughtthat have been neglected and overgrown. Fresh ideas forge a foundation for generations yet to come. When trouble approaches, God’s love carries them high above the danger. They’re uplifted by a deep relationship with the Father. When the rivers of worldly thought threaten to overpower them, they remain firm, and when facing the fiery trials of the hatred of truth, they’re untouched by the flames. Regardless of the extremity of the situation, they are always cared for. A way will be shown through the wilderness, and rivers flow in the desert.

God’s people never need to look anywhere but to Him for help and direction. Trusting in no other God, they are neverashamed. When the journey is complete the way is cleared for all to follow.

Section 1: God Is the Only Power

As stated above, generally the world accepts the reality of matter at face value. Additionally most people feel that material law governs the universe, and everything and everyone in it. Basically, worldly belief has forsaken God and replaced His law with material laws. The prophet Jeremiah represents God as admonishing the people of Israel for turning away from God, and following imaginary gods (B1). He likens the pursuit and understanding of God to a “fountain of living waters.” Fountains have an unending supply of fresh water. Jeremiah compares thewayward pursuit of false gods to “broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Cisterns are dug into the ground, and are dry unless water flows into them, so material laws have no intrinsic worth on their own, and these “broken cisterns”are worse than useless.

Isaiah expresses great sadness for his opponents (B2). They rush like a flood, and sweep through on a destructive path, but God rebukes them as if they were nothing but a thistle blowing in the wind. Sometimes the current of mortal opinion and material belief feels like a flood overwhelming us. Compared to the magnitude of traditional world thought, the few spiritually minded seem far outnumbered. But with God, even the most powerful human opposition is no more than a fluff to be blown away in the wind. Isaiah foretells that eventually “all flesh shall see it [the glory of the Lord] together” (B3). Then he asks incredulously, “Haven’t you been paying attention? God alone creates and governs all things, and he upholds even the weakest by His glorious power.”

In spite of tremendous opposition Mrs. Eddy remains firmly convinced that the belief of matter-based life is slowly yielding to a metaphysical basis (S1). Looking at the state of things today, do you think that’s so? As mentioned earlier, some of the more progressive scientific disciplines are beginning to question the traditional beliefs about matter and the universe. Mrs. Eddy finds her authority for questioning the validity of matter in healing demonstration. Suffering from potentially fatal injuries, she realized that “all real being is in God” and that the opposite belief that error, sin, sickness, and death, are the false testimony of mind in matter, and that this false sense of things, “evolves in belief, a subjective state of mortal mind which this same so-called mind names matter…” (S2). Notice that this thing called “matter” is no more than a false belief, not a condition of being, and that it originates in a false sense of things.

Take note of this big idea: “What is termed matter manifests nothing but a material mentality” (S3). Think about that. Again, we see that matter is not a condition of existence; it’s nothing but the result of a material mentality. Giving matter power or reality effectively denies God, for God is Spirit. To give matter the same validity of Spirit, means either matter has creative power to make itself, or God made it (S4). Both suppositions are impossible, for there is nothing in Spirit by which, or of which matter can be made, and matter has no power to create itself. Our textbook tells us that only by understanding that there is one power can we reach logical conclusions (S5).

Sometimes both individually and collectively it seems like our troubles—whether they are temptations, fears, illnesses, or organized attacks against us—pour over us like the rushing waters of a flood. But the power of God raises the standard of Truth and leads the opposing charge against the enemy (B4). As I read these passages, I have mental images of epic film battles as in The Lord of the Rings where the heroes rush fearlessly into battle for the purpose of overcoming evil with the power of good. In Job (B5) we read that even if the flood overtakes us, the waters will pass away, and that our security comes from hope in God.

Earlier we read that eventually everyone will see the salvation of God. But, we only have to read a newspaper, orlook around us to see that this eventuality is probably a long way off. Even though the number of true believers is proportionately miniscule compared to the number of the opposition, it helps to be reminded that all revolutions of thought have begun with one person’s vision. The fact that one person discovers something means that anyone can eventually realize the value and utility of that discovery,and eventually everyone will have access to it.

Section 2: Matter Is No More than a Belief to be Washed Away

Sometimes both individually and collectively it seems like our troubles—whether they are temptations, fears, illnesses, or organized attacks against us—pour over us like the rushing waters of a flood. But the power of God raises the standard of Truth and leads the opposing charge against the enemy (B4). As I read these passages, I have mental images of epic film battles as in The Lord of the Rings where the heroes rush fearlessly into battle for the purpose of overcoming evil with the power of good. In Job (B5) we read that even if the flood overtakes us, the waters will pass away, and that our security comes from hope in God.

Earlier we read that eventually everyone will see the salvation of God. But, we only have to read a newspaper, orlook around us to see that this eventuality is probably a long way off. Even though the number of true believers is proportionately miniscule compared to the number of the opposition, it helps to be reminded that all revolutions of thought have begun with one person’s vision. The fact that one person discovers something means that anyone can eventually realize the value and utility of that discovery,and eventually everyone will have access to it.

The Bible tells us that very early on the world was rife with sin and wickedness, and one man, Noah, was strong enough, and pure enough to go against the grain of worldly thought. The book of Genesis tells us he “found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (B6). Theologian Adam Clarke (c. 1760-1832), points out that Noah was “just”—giving all men their due; “perfect”—being consistent in his character and never departing from the truth in principle or practice; and that he “walked with God”— was righteous in conduct, pious, and in continual communion with God. Those are lovely qualities, and ones that each of us would do well to strive to emulate. This good man in the midst of a wicked world was chosen by God to build an ark that would ensure the safety and continuity of life as the wickedness of the world was to be washed away.

The story says God’s final warning came seven days before the rain began, and the floodwaters began to rise (B7). Seven is the number of physical and spiritual completeness and perfection. Many commentators (as well as many film versions of the flood story) surmise that Noah’s building the ark was met with criticism and incredulity. The intent of these embellishments is to emphasize the world’s lack of interest in being saved until the very last minute. After the flood destroys all upon the earth save those in the ark, the waters recede, and Noah and his family, along with all the creatures within the ark,emerge to repopulate the earth (B8, B9).

In our textbook, the definition of “Ark” indicates that all things real and good are spiritual, and that they are preserved and exist forever even in the midst of error’s destruction (S6). Only the good is real, and only the good survives. Matter is not the solid stuff it appears to be. It’s no more than a layer of human belief (S7). Catastrophes are sometimes called “acts of God.” But, God has nothing to do with them. Calamities only prove matter to be self-destructive. Mrs. Eddy points out that, as in Noah’s time, so today, there are “conflicting forces” in the human arena (S8). However, she was not alarmed by the various phases of disturbance in material belief because they signaled error’s ultimate destruction.

In the end, material sense is not capable of producing reliable evidence. As the ark bore Noah over the waves, so “spiritual sense lifts human consciousness into eternal Truth” (S9).

Section 3: Sure Foundations

Jesus didn’t start out teaching multitudes. He chose disciples one or two at a time, and began teaching in synagogues. A minimum of only ten adult males were required to form a synagogue, so Jesus’ early preaching was rather intimate. The size of the congregation did not determine the import of his message. Jesus taught that the kingdom of God was at hand (B10). And beyond preaching, Jesus proved his words through healing all manner of disease. It was the healing proof that brought larger groups of people to hear what this teacher had to say. He eventually spoke to “multitudes” (B11). Scholars don’t really know if all the teachings compiled in what we call “The Sermon on the Mount” actually were taught on a mount, or even if they were all taught during the same discourse, but we do know that these teachings have had a profound impact on the world, and are the foundation of Christian practice. In Matthew, Jesus closes this sermon by saying those who hear and practice these teachings are like someone who builds a house on a rock with a sure foundation (B12). Thus built, one’s faith is able to withstand all challenges and trials that come along through life experience. A house built on sand is easily washed away by rushing water. Whereas, a house built on a rock is unmoved by the current.

Fleshly thinking is worthless (B13). The realities of Spirit provide worthwhile understanding that enable us to withstand the onslaught of worldly opposition.

Mary Baker Eddy built her faith on a solid, spiritualfoundation too. “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind, and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all” (S10). Thisunequivocal statement infers that there is nothing of any value in matter because all that really exists is in and of God. Spirit and matter have absolutely nothing to do with each other (S11). Spirit doesn’t require matter to make itself known or seen. Spirit and matter are opposites. Material laws tend to fluctuate and are refined to accommodate ongoing discoveries. But spiritual law is fixed, and even the smallest proof of spiritual law, is proof of the whole. Material so-called law contradicts spiritual law (S12).

Mrs. Eddy found material “laws” to be entirely apart from divine law. She therefore planted herself “unreservedly on the teachings of Jesus, of his apostles, of the prophets, and on the testimony of the Science of Mind. Other foundations there are none” (S13). If we expect to gain salvation from material belief we “must forsake the foundation of material systems, however time honored…” (S14). Think about what foundations you are building on. Are you willing to let go of the old ways of thinking for spiritual reality?

Section 4: “Rise in rebellion…”

The story of the man at the Pool of Bethesda (B14) is used in the Lesson fairly often. Most are familiar with the story. Two aspects stand out to me in the context of this Lesson. First, we have an ongoing theme of water throughout the Lesson. In the Responsive Reading and in previous sections, water represented useful life-giving fountains, rushing rivers, streams in the desert, cleansing floods, onslaughts by hostile opponents, and the currents of life’s challenges. Here the waters are endowed with healing power when stirred. On page 559 of Science and Health, our Leader speaks of the sea as signifying latent error. At this “house of mercy” (the meaning of Bethesda) the man is waiting for the waters—his erroneous thinking—to be stirred. But he thinks he needs help, which leads to the second aspect that attracts my attention—Jesus questions the man’s resolve to be healed, and basically tells him that if he really wants to be whole, he should act like it.

Our textbook also states that we have the ability, and the obligation to take charge of our experience, and claim the freedom we hope to achieve (S15). We shouldn’t passively ask the body what it’s going to allow us to do each day. The body really can’t think or act on its own in the first place. Remember, there “is no intelligence” in matter. The man at the pool was passively waiting for something to happen. But he needed to take a more active role in achieving the desired results. We can’t expect to get very far spiritually if we’re focused on the body. Science and Health says there’s only one way to get to spiritual being—to focus on God and His idea (S16).

We tend to think that we need a material body in order to exist, and that we experience life through use of the body. But that’s totally untrue. “The indestructible faculties of Spirit exist without the conditions of matter” (S17). Rather than watching the body, and accepting what it’s doing, we should deny what the body is claiming to do (S18). Mrs. Eddy tells us to, “rise in rebellion against” the claims of illness and disease (S19).

This active participation in our healing isn’t a question of human effort against some actual foe. It’s like the passage from Isaiah in citation B4: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” In citation S20, our Leader gives us some more rousing instructions: “Rise in the conscious strength of the spirit of Truth…Blot out the images of mortal thought.” And she speaks of these false pleas of mortal belief being “arrayed against the supremacy of Spirit.” This is a military term for having the troops set in line ready for battle. In citation B4 the depiction of the spirit of the Lord raising the standard is another military image as the flag bearer leads the charge. That flag bearer, and indeed every combatant, is never fighting alone. Each has the full weight of the entire army behind him. Just so, we’re not fighting some “real evil” on our own. We are moving forward with the full authority of Christlike dominion against which matter must disappear.

Section 5: Walking Over the Waves

Aside from the obvious implications of Jesus’ mastery over every aspect of material belief and physical laws, there is a figurative way of looking at the story of Jesus walking on the water (B15) as well. Theologian John Gill (1697-1771), points out that according to Matthew’s account, Jesus had just fed the multitudes with a few loaves and fishes. This was, as Gill points out, a miracle that could not be ignored. Gill writes, the people were “so convinced by it, of his being the Messiah, that they were determined, whether he would or not, to set him up for a temporal king, to deliver them from the Roman yoke; which they doubted not he was able to do.” Gill further points out that the disciples themselves were possibly quite fond of the notion of their master assuming rule over a temporal kingdom, and they may have been seriously considering adding their support to such and idea. Jesus, having no interest in such political endeavor, promptly sent the disciples away, and went away himself to a private place to pray and refocus.

This leads me to think of the disciples’ floundering in a troubled, foaming sea, to be a metaphor for their mentalstate of confusion and turmoil—given the mental frenzy of popular thought over the direction of Jesus’ mission. They were, as Paul writes, being “tossed about with every wind of doctrine” or in this case, every wind of materially misleading fancy. Jesus, fixed on the spiritual nature of his mission, walked over the tumultuous waves of mortal opinion, and would even pass by the disciples, but recognizing their fear, he ministered to them, beckoning Peter to step beyond his comfort zone and join him above the fray. Peter is unable to resist the downward pull of worldly belief, and the Master saves him and the others putting an end to winds of wild speculation, and bringing them back to the calm and peace of adherence to their true mission.

This metaphorical view is purely my own, and is not something our Leader taught. She viewed Jesus walking on the water as a literal event, and there is no reason to doubt that it was just that. If indeed the law of Christ, Truth, is legitimate, then all things are most certainly possible to Spirit. Material laws may resist, but they are powerless to oppose divine law (S21). Our Leader writes, “In proportion as matter loses to human sense all entity as man, in that proportion does man become its master” (S22). This indicates that matter and material laws seem to have power,not by any objective virtue of their own, but because we endow them with such power in belief. Jesus refused to accept material law, and proved his mastery over it in every facet of existence— breaking not only all physical constraints, but healing sickness, raising the dead, and ultimately ascending.

Science and Health gives all power to Spirit, the divine Mind (S23). To human sense it seems that material laws and forces rule our experience. But spiritual understanding reveals that Mind governs all. All through the Lesson we’ve seen that throughout history all progressive discoveries begin with one individual. There are no anomalies. If something is true for one individual, it’s true for everyone. Mrs. Eddy saw Jesus’ remarkable proofs of dominion over material laws as proof that it is possible for us to eventually overcome these material limitations as well. She says the same is true for the demonstration of Christian Science (S24). If Christian Science is provable in one instance, it’s provable in every instance.

Section 6: Matter Disappears Under Every Microscope

The book of Hebrews tells us that through faith we can understand that matter cannot create itself (B17). There is a spiritual creative power that caused all things to be. But as we’ve said many times before, this does not mean that God, Spirit, ever created material objects. God never made matter at all. Even the things which “appear” are still thoughts. To the degree we understand spiritual reality we will see beyond the “fading forms of matter” (S25) to the reality of all things. Paul hints at this, when he says we will all behold the glory of the Lord as if we see ourselves as God’s reflection (B18). Paul also says we live in God. We’ve addressed this idea many times. God is not “in” anything. All that exists, including man, is in God. That’s meant literally, not figuratively. Man is God’s expression and God’s idea—not the other way around. The time when these truths are universally accepted may seem a long way off, but that time will come. What’s true for one is true for all. Eventually “all flesh shall see the salvation of God” (B20).

Our textbook promises that the fleeting concepts of material belief are going to fade away. They seem real until we understand reality. Then like a magic trick that no longer fools us, we will see right through the material picture to the reality of all things (S25). The director of Cedars Camps loves to share the idea that if we took all the empty space out of our bodies, the amount of solid material would fit on the head of a pin. I found a similar analogy in the book mentioned earlier: Robert Lanza, writes, “Theatoms in your fingers are each as empty as a vacant football stadium in which a single fly sits on the fifty-yard line” (Biocentrism, Robert Lanza, MD, p. 22).

Based on this assessment, matter disappears even under a regular microscope! But Mrs. Eddy takes if further. There isn’t even a speck of matter when it is viewed through the microscope of Spirit (S26).

The prophets, Christ Jesus, his disciples, Mary Baker Eddy, and countless individuals we will never know by name,have, and still are, working to see—one at a time—the nothingness of matter and the allness of Spirit. The nothingness of matter is proved with every Christian Science healing. It only takes one proof to imply the larger proof for everyone. There are thousands upon thousands of well-authenticated cases of the healing power of God thatprove the allness of Spirit. So take heart. Join us in this spiritual discovery, and look beyond matter’s “fading finite forms” into the reality of all things. You’re in good company!


[Warren’s PS#1—#7, Cobbey Crisler's application insights on Bible citations this week, were sent separately this week--along with ways to make a difference in CedarS work and keep CedarS fruitage and weekly Mets coming!]

Cobbey Crisler and Mary Baker Eddy (PS#7) on Bible citations for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on Matter for 3-19-17
[Warren’s PS#1—Cobbey Crisler on Luke 3:6 and Isaiah 40:5 (Golden Text, B3 & B20)
“In verse 6 of Chapter 3, we see, once again, a hint of Luke’s objective in writing this gospel. “All flesh shall see the salvation of God.” That is part of a quotation from Isaiah 40, (Verses 3-5). It begins in the third chapter of Luke in Verse 4. Matthew (3:3) and Mark (1:3) have these quotations too, but they stop before the statement “All flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Luke includes it. In other words, universality is Luke’s special emphasis.”
Luke, the Researcher” by B. Cobbey Crisler**]

[W’s PS#2—Cobbey Crisler commentary on Matthew 4: 17, 23 (B10):
(Verse 17). After Matthew mentions this prophesy [“the people that sat in darkness saw great light’], Jesus opening word according to Matthews’ gospel is “Repent.”Change your concept. … “for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” That is radical good news for mankind.
(Verse 23). And “healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” Here are human problems that had defied solution, and Jesus solved them all based on his concept of theology, namely the kingdom. Remember a kingdom is not chaos. It’s an ordered government of heaven and harmony at hand.”
Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master,” B. Cobbey Crisler
**]

[W’s PS#3 of Cobbey Crisler insights on Matthew 7, Verse 24-25 (B12)
“(Verse 24) We’ve got a lesson that he (Jesus) uses a parable for. Let’s compare them. Jesus said these things so that what he said would be studied, not that what he said would be read of scanned, or enjoyed, but put into life experience.
He said, “Whoever listens.” Is he concerned about listening, receptivity? He says “whoever hears these sayings of mine and doeth them.”
There are two parts to it: Hear, the other Do. “I will liken him to a wise man.” That wise man went out and built his house where he was going to live, built his house upon a rock. The rain came, the floods, the wind. What happened? After it was all over, where was his house? Still there. It didn’t fall. Why? It was the kind of house he built that made the difference.
… What are you building your life prospects on? If they’re buiolt on the rock, and if that rock is the same rock on which Jesus built his church, then even the gates of hellshall not prevail against it.”

Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master” by B. Cobbey Crisler**]

[W’s PS#4 of Cobbey Crisler insights on John 6:63 (B13):
“In John 6:63, Jesus impinges upon what has been considered laws of physics because he views matter in a radical way. He makes the statement, "It is the spirit that quickeneth.” That is where you find life. So if you want to talk about nativity anywhere, you better deal with origin and Spirit. "The flesh profiteth nothing.”

“You see how close one needs to be to Jesus in thought to understand what has been referred to as the Communion Supper. If he is accurate in saying, "the flesh profiteth nothing, "neither would symbolically eating it profit anything. So, it must not be the flesh he is talking about, but that great transformation that he is proving in his life to be possible to the Son of Man. John 1:14 refers to it as "the Word that was made flesh.” The Word connects us to Spirit, not flesh. Here is part of that Word underscoring the message that, "It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing.”
“Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,” B. Cobbey Crisler**]

[W’s PS#5 –Cobbey Crisler’s insights on John 5:2-9 (B14):
“John 5:2 We’re now at the famous incident at the “Pool of Bethesda”. Near what serves as an occasional sheep market today, there is still a pool that has been excavated, that has archeological remnants that suggest the five porches. There is apparently, if this is the correct location of the pools, a structure that had two pools, each with two porches. Down the middle was a fifth porch with pools on either side. It may have been the ancient equivalent of a hospital.
John 5:4 There’s some indication that it might have at some point in its history a spot that might have been associated with Aesculapius, the pagan founder of medicine, and that this superstition may have gotten to the point “that those who stepped into the pool when the water was troubled would be instantly healed.”
John 5:3 At least “an awful lot of people were waiting around for that event,” so the news must have spread that this occurred.
John 5:5 Here we run into a man that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. “He’d been there for thirty-eight years.” I’m sure that many of us would feel for him. We all have been sitting around our own pool of Bethesda waiting for something to happen, something miraculous, something fateful. We have all waited for something unexpected from the outside to lift us out of a condition that we haven’t made too much of an effort to do anything about.
There was an environment there that did not help the problem. As a matter of fact, here’s how Professor Dodd describes it. I like this:
‘There is another story about a man who had given way to a chronic disability and for years had nursed a grievance which excused him from doing anything about it.’
John 5:7. “Someone else always gets in before me.” If that sounds like a familiar excuse, then Bethesda isn’t so far back in history. So he translates Jesus’ statements this way. Do you want to recover? That pinpoints it, doesn’t it? Do you see who that translation exhibits Jesus dealing with the thought of the patient? Where must it happen?
If communication from God to man must work, where must we work? In the thought of the receiver. Do we want to recover? That almost sounds silly to people who have been in a longtime condition, but it may very well be the core of the issue. Do we really want to be healed? Or have we become so settled into our condition that for thirty-eight years, we just sit there with our friends and talk about our operations? Misery loving company is a quality that attaches itself to human nature.
John 5: 6. Here’s how Dodd again translates Jesus’ question and then his demand on the patient. “Do you want to recover?”
John 5:8, “Then, pick up your bed and walk.” Jesus wasn’t about to volunteer to pick up his bed for him.
That says a lot. How else do we know Jesus, but to study his thoughts, his words, his methods, his messages, his intent, the logos, not but the word, but the thought behind it? What is required for the healing of a paralytic condition that has lasted practically a generation? It’s the very thing that he thought he couldn’t do, to pick up his bed and walk. Do you want to be healed? ‘Let there be light!’ (Genesis 1:3) That’s permission. Let it in.
John 5:9, “Immediately the man was made whole.” We don’t have any sense that there was a convalescence period. “He took up his bed and walked.”
John, the Beloved Disciple”, by B. Cobbey Crisler
**]

[W’s PS#6: Cobbey Crisler’s commentary on Matt, 14: 22-32 (B15) Jesus’ compassion, even as a pressured care provider, that enabled him to heal & feed so many and to walk on water
(Matthew 14:24-33), And, right after the famous loaves-and-fishes incident in which everyone is fed,” we have the walking-on-the-sea incident.

(Verse 27). The disciples, not knowing how to cope with that, get told what the palsied man had been told (in Matthew 9:2) “Be of good cheer.” You’ll notice that Jesus says this at times when apparently he senses the great need of encouragement and the defeat of fear in thought. “It is I,” he said, "be not afraid."

(Verse 28). Peter who (as usual) wants part of the action says, "That looks like fun, how about my coming out there and joining you?" Peter, not quite appreciating the consequences of his acts—fortunately for awhile—actually does it! He becomes the second one to walk on water.

(Verse 30). But then he begins to look where he is. "How did I get here?"

(Verse 31). At that point Jesus supports not only his own weight but also the weight of Peter in overcoming gravity, proving it is not a law of limitation for man. Man has dominion over gravity as well.

(Verse 32). Not only over gravity, but you will find that "the minute he gets into the boat, the wind ceases." In other gospel accounts (e.g., John 6:21), "immediately the boat is at the land." (They must have gone through the sound barrier and nobody was wearing helmets.)

So, even the so-called barriers to man's being where he needs to be, from a standpoint of transportation, communication, etc., were proven to be no barriers at all in the hands of one who comprehended with his eye single. His relationship to God had, within his infinitude, no such limitations.

(Verse 35). When he lands on the other side, "many come to be healed."

(Verse 36), "Many touch the hem of his garment." Apparently the word had gotten around about that woman who had done that (in Matthew 9:20 and Mark 5:25, from a recent Lesson) "and many were made perfectly whole." Think of how many unrecorded healings occurred, or at least healings that we have yet to discover a written record about.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master, A Tax-Collector’s Report” by B. Cobbey Crisler**]

[Warren’s PS#7 on Mary Baker Eddy’s “reiteration” of Paul words in Athens in citation B19 (Acts 17:28):
**“St. Paul said to the Athenians, “For in Him we live and move and have our being.” This statement is in substance identical with my own: “There is no life, truth, substance, nor intelligence in matter.” It is quite clear that this great verity has not yet been fully demonstrated, but it is nevertheless true. If Christian Science reiterates Paul’s teaching, we, as Christian Scientists, should give to the world convincing proof of the validity of this scientific statement of being. Having perceived, in advance of others, this scientific fact, we owe to ourselves and to the world a struggle for its demonstration.” Retrospection and Introspection, 93: 17]

Also, Cobbey Crisler shared these insights on the context of Paul’s words to the Athenians in Acts 17 (B2): “Well, now Paul is heading for the cultural capital of civilization, Athens. And you can’t even go to modern day Athens without appreciating somewhat of what Paul saw, looking around at the remnants of that great city and “the columned buildings that were dedicated to so many gods. It must have moved Paul.” …
“And so he opens his mouth and begins right away to talk in Athens. Now this is a tough area in which to introduce Christianity, except at least they were willing to listen because everybody talked about anything. I mean there were a lot of weirdo sects and ideas that they welcomed without question in Athens because everybody liked to dispute these ideas anyway.

“He’s in the market, the agora, as well as in the synagogue. He runs into Epicureans; he runs into Stoics.” Now Tarsus where Paul came from happens to be a Stoic stronghold. So he must have been certainly aware of that philosophy…
“They bring him to Areopagus, the hill of Mars or Aries, and they asked him to explain what he has to say.” … Acts 17:22  Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.

Paul, standing there, shows how a lecture can be tailor-made to any environment. And, it’s better than uniformity if you want to get the ear of the locals. And in this way, you will find at no point does Paul mention the Old Testament. Why? (Pause) What would that mean to the Athenians? (See below, Acts 17:23, paraphrased)

Instead, he kind of says, “On my way to the forum…you know. In other words, here I was, and I saw something you had back here. And, it says TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.” (See Acts 17:23 …

“Would everybody be listening? It relates. He’s picked up something locally. And, would you also be listening if he said “That monument you put ‘TO THE UNKNOWN GOD’, I want to tell you a little something about him. He’s unknown to you, but here’s some information that might be helpful… “And then, in Acts 17, verse 24, he describes “that God who made all, and therefore, couldn’t dwell in temples made with hands.” …
We’re reminded of whom? Yes, but since Jesus, we heard that from Stephen, remember? As Saul, himself, he had heard that.
“He dwelleth not in temples made with hands.”…
What do you think that comment does when you’re looking at the Parthenon and buildings like it? “God doesn’t dwell in all of this. He made everything. How can you contain Him?” … Very interesting point.
Have we even arrived at that point today in our thinking? … I doubt the Athenians had either. “The search where God is...” will end up with the conclusion in the last line of Acts 17, verse 27, “that He’s not very far from every one of us.” And then Paul very cleverly introduces lines from local poets: “In him we live, and move, and have our being” and “for we are also his offspring” – parts of poems we have identified, and they even know the authors…
“After the Master, What? The Book of Acts” by B. Cobbey Crisler**]

**You can buy your own transcripts and audio recordings of most of Cobbey’s 28 talks at a new website: www.crislerlibrary.co.uk Please email your order or inquiry to office@crislerlibrary.co.uk, or directly to Janet Crisler, at janetcrisler7@gmail.com]

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