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Christ's Gems of Neverlasting Punishment

Warren Huff (with insights from Cobbey Crisler)
Posted Sunday, October 27th, 2019

C.A.M.P. Gems! — Christ’s Animating Mindset Practiced = Gems!
See punishment as Love does, not as a dog does! (1)
Application ideas “mined” by Warren Huff from insights by
Cobbey Crisler, Ken Cooper, The MBE Library & others as found
in The Christian Science Bible Lesson on
“(N)everlasting Punishment”

for November 3, 2019


C.A.M.P. Gem 1: Remember that since divine Love is omnipresent and omnipotent Good, GOD FORBIDs all evil! Notice that “God forbid” appears at least seven times in this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson on “Everlasting Punishment.” With at least seven uses of the word “never” and at least nine uses of the adjective “everlasting” –applied to blessings such as love, kindness, joy—this week’s message is really one of “Neverlasting Punishment!”
See a fun, dog’s-eye-view of punishment: I was blessed last week to hear an “Aha” insight that was shared at CedarS deep-dive Bible Study of Genesis 1-25 with Maddie Maupin. One of the 90 attendees here shared how she deeply loves her dogs and delights to take them on long walks—but she realized that her love of them also restrains them with a choke-chain leash whenever they blindly chase where— either for their own good or the good of others—they should not be going. Her insight was that the punishment parts of the Bible appear to be written from the perspective of a disobedient dog on a leash… As soon as they stop trying to chase something—say into traffic—the self-inflicted logical consequences or “punishment” stops. Rather than being everlasting, their “punishment” lasts only “so long as the sin lasts” –as our 3rd Tenet puts it in citation S24 (497:9). See the evolution of this Tenet in C.A.M.P. Gem 4.


C.A.M.P. Gem 2: Remember God’s saving power (like Joshua) and wisely choose sides and thoughts!

Here’s more of the story behind citation B8 this week from Joshua 24. It tells about Joshua last speech to all the tribes of Israel who he gathering to encouraging them to stay loyal to God even though they were no longer warring with surrounding nations. All who witnessed God doing “great signs in our sight” immediately answered “God forbid that we should forsake the Lord”. They were eye-witnesses to great signs like the parting of the Red Sea and “The Fall of Jericho.” Below are a few lines from a Ken Cooper poem by that title. (For the full poem clickDownloads’ online at the upper right.) Here's the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5qow3WNeFI&feature=youtu.be

“But Joshua he loudly cried:
‘Fear not, for God is on our side!
What we must do is kneel and pray;
God will then make clear the way.’

“There is no problem that won’t go:
We just remember Jericho.”


C.A.M.P. Gem 3: Dismiss disbelief & unbelievers to re-balance each case for God and to heal them all! — Cobbey Crisler on Mark 6:2-13 (B13)
Mark Chapter 6, Verse 2. See the play on words, “What wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?" That's what a carpenter does. There's really kind of an insidious thing there. How can he, a manual laborer, accomplish something that is out of the manual realm? And using those terms to answer itself or presume to answer itself.

Verse 3 of Chapter 6 shows us that his home town is quite an obstacle. "Is not this the carpenter?" Let's remember, the word "carpenter" here may not be "carpenter," whether it refers to Jesus or Joseph. It's tekton. That is actually part of our word "architect." In the ancient world, it could mean "architect." It's also been used for "physician," "ship builder," "sculptor," and any craftsman of considerable skill. To narrow it down to "carpenter" is something that we have read into the text. We're not quite sure what that might mean.

Verse 5. But we do know that “he couldn’t do any mighty work" in his

home town. "Unable to do any mighty work there." What does that show you about healing? Receptivity.

Couldn't Jesus heal anything? You would think so, but healing is a two-way thing.

It must be received. That's why we need to listen. We must receive it. Otherwise we find that such healing begins to reduce itself to a bare minimum, and environment weighs against it. We've already seen that he's had to dismiss [disbelieving] people to get the balance for God.

Verse 6, "And he marveled" and there's the enemy, "unbelief" And so, "he went to other villages."

In fact, he began to show that healing was the Father's business and one could expect income from it. The income flowed out of the gratitude of those healed. In a sense, it was gratitude-currency.

Verse 8. He "commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse. "

It would come as a result of their healing work. Gratitude.

Verse 11. But there would be areas that would not receive them. The classic example of non-receptivity is Sodom and Gomorrah. "It would be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah than for the city," that turns off the very salvation that the race needs. It's like committing suicide.

Verse 13. Look what they did. The first class in history, specifically sent out to heal, comes back with all the great news that "they healed all their cases."
“What Mark Recorded” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


C.A.M.P. Gem 4: Be satisfied with all God’s given. Stop belief in evil, lack, punishment...

THIRD TENET EVOLUTION

(Note: The third tenet first appeared in the 1887 tenets, as part of the second tenet.)

Current edition
3. We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts.

1887 “Tenets to be Signed by those Uniting ...”
Second. -- We acknowledge one Father, Son and Holy Ghost, -- one God, the brotherhood of man, and Divine Science. And the forgiveness of sin, which is the destruction of sin. And the atonement of Christ, which is the efficacy of Truth and Life. And the way of salvation marked out by Jesus, which is healing the sick, casting out devils [evils], and raising the dead, -- uplifting a dead faith into Life and Love.

1892 (from “Church Tenets and Rules”) –
2. We acknowledge and adore one Supreme God. We acknowledge His Son, the Holy Ghost, and man in His image and likeness. We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin, in the destruction of sin, and His present and future punishment of “whatsoever worketh abomination or maketh a lie.” We acknowledge the atonement of Christ, as the efficacy of Truth and Love. And the way of Salvation as demonstrated by Jesus casting out evils, healing the sick, and raising the dead, -- resurrecting a dead faith to seize the great possibilities and living energies of the Divine Life.

1893 (from “Church Tenets and Rules”)
3. We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin, in the destruction of sin; and His punishment of “whatsoever worketh abomination or maketh a lie.” We acknowledge the atonement as the efficacy and evidence of Divine Love, of man’s unity with God, and of the great merits of the Way-shower.

81st edition (1894)
3. We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin, in the destruction of sin, and that sin and suffering are not eternal.

179th edition (1900)
3. God’s forgiveness of sin, in the destruction of sin, and the understanding that sin and suffering are neither real nor eternal.

251st edition (1902)
3. We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin, and in the understanding that evil and sin are unreal, hence not eternal. But the love of sin is punished, so long as it lasts.

263rd edition (1903)
3. We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin, and in the understanding that evil and sin are unreal, hence not eternal. But the belief in sin is punished, so long as it lasts.

1908(a) edition
3. We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts.

CREDIT TO: THE MARY BAKER EDDY LIBRARY FOR THE BETTERMENT OF HUMANITY
research@mbelibrary.org
www.mbelibrary.org


**You can buy your own transcripts of most of Cobbey Crisler’s 28 talks at this website: www.crislerlibrary.co.uk Email your order or inquiry to office@crislerlibrary.co.uk, or directly to Janet Crisler, at janetcrisler7@gmail.com

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