Christian Science, Uncategorized

Mortals and Immortals 4

Principle of Principles

( or Why the Mother Church Bible Lessons Cannot Take Your Consciousness Higher)

Let us get straight to the heart of the matter. Either Science is everything or Science is nothing. The Bible shows this by demonstrating spiritual laws through allegory,mathematics, real stories and myth to demonstrate science. It is a text book to show spiritual laws at work. Revered as a book of metaphysical demonstration.

The Bible however during the course of history has been kidnapped on one side by literalists who use it as a rule book of a tyrannical God and others who claim to be mystics, dropping hints about saints, spirits, holy water and superstitious nonsense which the media then use for manipulation. (could also be said about Art).

Pythagoras said that all things can be reduced to Mathematics to be understood better. Not to disarm a principle but simply for Scientific research and to see the thing outside human emotion.

Scholars often did this with the Bible but hid their work from the Catholic Church for fear of punishment in Church history. After the Reformation, these scholars in the protestant tradition proposed certain biblical mathematics. This knowledge existed in most protestant churches, and freemasonry but always remained hidden for fear of persecution. It is doubtful that even today numerical knowledge of a system in the Bible would be embraced by religious thinkers as it requires a complete redefinition of what religion is.

In Mrs Eddy’s time it was very fashionable to code numbers into Art, She tried this with Christ and Christmas as well as a James Gilman picture of a CS service but quickly reversed her decision as she didn’t want people to come to the system via mathematics and formulae. She only wanted to demonstrate its workings. You can still see traces of this around the original Edifice such as Mother’s Room window which has a seven pointed star shining in the window with words “seeking and finding” two words with seven letters each.

Using Bible mathematics, her system was ultimately developed around numbers 7 and 4 . So we see 16 chapters of the text book, 7 hymns by Mrs Eddy etc etc…. This does not men she was using an occult system of knowledge, it may only have been used to classify her system but out of mathematics came a Principle which needs to be followed to completion mathematically.

There is no great hidden knowledge about this, it has been written out and charted by John Doorly and Max Kappeler, both of whom were ex-communicated by the Mother Church for publishing their findings. It simply adds another dimension to our understanding and a mature look at this is nothing to be afraid of or to question. Its simply how she developed her system.  Recently more overly complex charts have appeared which for mathematicians is fine. Mary Baker Eddy said her system would be further studied when humanity was ready.

This information however has implications for the way we study and view  CS in order to bring in the new knowledge that increasingly is made available:

This information about mathematics has been used by certain parties to blame the Board of Directors because there is an opinion that this information is likely in the archives of the Mother Church and was not revealed at any point. I disagree. I think the Board simply do not know anything about it.

Here’s why:

The Bible Lessons line up with this system: studying six sections which culminate on the last seventh day (on the seventh day he rested) where the student is left in the presence of God. lining up with the seven days of creation, seven hymns seven synonyms etc. The board of directors changed the rules in the 1980s allowing lessons to be of any length (many independent groups also don’t realise and continue writing their lessons incorrectly). This immediately meant the basis of operation of Divine Law could not be expressed through them as they simply don’t work mathematically, as they are no longer faithful to the mathematical principle. (“The Angel is denied” if you want it in religious terms) I doubt this was deliberate as it is spiritual suicide. There are probably many other points have changed as well, which would explain the rapid decline in the cs denominational movement. 

Bearing in mind that the Board of Director´s views swing between Empire and Sentimentality, I doubt they would be very interested anyway even if they did start to examine mathematical structure.

So there we have it: our Beloved Dear Principle.

Christian Science, Uncategorized

Mortals and Immortals 2.

Today´s Texts

The Bible

John 3:5 “except a man be born of water and spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God”

Science  and Health

“the supremacy of Spirit was the foundation on which Jesus built” (s and h 138:14-15)

Principle of Spirit – To read more about how this works in our lives you can read a booklet by Peggy M  Brook (John Doorly´s Secretary) Here

 

This Bible saying can look like some embrace of materialism but water in our textbook is defined as “the elements of Mind” (s and h 507:3)

Exactly how the Christ works in our life as a power drawing us to higher thought is something Artists have been working with for centuries. That moment of “aha”.

The two schools.

In CS, since the beginning, two schools of the practice emerged about how we should observe The Christ in our lives. Mrs Eddy knew about this but refused to deal with it institutionally perhaps because the difference is fine and has the same result, although it has major implications for speed of progress. Stanley C Larkin tried to address this with the Mother Church (the details are all on the site below) years later however they felt it was a simple matter of history which is irrelevant today but it is relevant, since these ideas pervade our thinking and tells us more about how thinking in the Mother Church changed as the “Chicago” idea moved to Boston upon the death of Annie Knott.

You can read more about it here http://www.endtime.org/2schools/2schools.html.

Example 1: a sick person approaches the practitioner and is told “It is God’s unfoldment in your life which will take you higher. Look for the good such as the spiritual qualities of care.

Example 2: a sick person approaches a practitioner and is told “its an illusion, get up”.

I think both are acceptable if we look at them as different phases of growth but I don’t see how example 1 can work in our lives well because we are giving power to the very thing we try to displace. The first one may also give an indication that you may die before you reach a higher thought. Not what you want to hear when you seek healing. There is some strange sense of personalisation here. I have seen mainly Independent Practitioners use it but it often begins with the personal self, working up to God. Of course this is not what’s meant, its what’s implied by the language.

The other troubling thing is the focus on unfoldment not on God but on the process.

Point 1 also takes us into chaos theory. where everything is ok because we are “working it out” but neither Jesus or Mrs Eddy took time to heal people over days. It was sudden. Having said all of this the healing in example 2 could be argued to be only faith in the practitioner.

I suppose it could be argued that both examples are showing Spirit, both are demonstration, so is there really an issue?

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CS Bible Lesson Adam and Fallen Man 13 May 2018

Golden Text:  Jeremiah 15:1

Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people”

Responsive Reading: John 2: 13-25

13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;

16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

21 But he spake of the temple of his body.

22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.

24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,

25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
Section 1

The Bible

Jeremiah 2:28, 2:31,

28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.

31 O generation, see ye the word of the Lord. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?

Science and Health

283:21-30

This false belief as to what really constitutes life so detracts from God’s character and nature, that the true sense of His power is lost to all who cling to this falsity. The divine Principle, or Life, cannot be practically demonstrated in length of days, as it was by the patriarchs, unless its Science be accurately
stated. We must receive the divine Principle in the understanding,
and live it in daily life; and unless we so do, we can no more demonstrate Science, than we can teach and 30 illustrate geometry by calling a curve a straight line or a straight line a sphere.

Section 2

The Bible

Isaiah 66:12-14

12 For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.

13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the Lord shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.

Science and Health

441: 10-24

The plea of False Belief we deem unworthy of a hearing.Let what False Belief utters, now and forever, fall into oblivion, “unknelled, uncoffined, and unknown.” According to our statute, Material Law is a liar who cannot bear
witness against Mortal Man, neither can Fear arrest Mortal  Man nor can Disease cast him into prison. Our law refuses to recognize Man as sick or dying, but holds him to be forever in the image and likeness of his Maker. Reversing the testimony of Personal Sense and the decrees of the Court of Error in favor of Matter, Spirit decides in favor of Man and against Matter. We further recommend that Materia  Medica adopt Christian Science and that Health-laws,
Mesmerism, Hypnotism, Oriental Witchcraft, and Esoteric Magic be publicly executed at the hands of our sheriff, Progress.

Section 3

The Bible

Matthew 26:69-75

69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.

70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.

71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.

72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.

74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

Science and Health

517:15-24

The world believes in many persons; but if God is personal, there is but one person, because there is but one God. His personality can only be reflected,
not transmitted. God has countless ideas, and they all have one Principle and parentage. The only proper symbol of God as person is Mind’s infinite ideal.
What is this ideal? Who shall behold it? This ideal is God’s own image, spiritual and infinite. Even eternity can never reveal the whole of God, since there is no limit to infinitude or to its reflections.

Section 4

The Bible

Matthew 17: 1-8

And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,

And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.

And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.

Science and Health

527 11-20

Here the metaphor represents God, Love, as tempting
12 man, but the Apostle James says: “God cannot be
tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any
man.” It is true that a knowledge of evil would
15 make man mortal. It is plain also that material
perception, gathered from the corporeal senses, constitutes
evil and mortal knowledge. But is it true that God,
18 good, made “the tree of life” to be the tree of death to His
own creation? Has evil the reality of good? Evil is unreal
because it is a lie, — false in every statement.

Section 5

The Bible

John 8 42-47

Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

Science and Health

475:5-27

Question. — What is man?
6 Answer. — Man is not matter; he is not made up of
brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The
Scriptures inform us that man is made in
9 the image and likeness of God. Matter is
not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so
unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and be12
cause he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood
in Christian Science. Man is idea, the image, of
Love; lie is not physique. He is the compound idea of
15 God, including all right ideas; the generic term for
all that reflects God’s image and likeness; the conscious
identity of being as found in Science, in which man is
18 the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal;
that which has no separate mind from God; that which
has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which
21 possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his
own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.
And God said: “Let us make man in our image, after
24 our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish
of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle,
and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that
27 creepeth upon the earth”

Section 6

The Bible

Acts 7:54-60

54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.

59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Science and Health

595: 7-10

TEMPLE. Body; the idea of Life, substance, and intelligence;
the superstructure of Truth; the shrine of
9 Love; a material superstructure, where mortals congregate
for worship