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Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

 “Doctrine of Atonement
for Sunday, October 19, 2014

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

[Bracketed italics added by CedarS Director, Warren, who’s letting the need be known for donations to both of our Matching Funds, “Maintenance Musts” & “Adopt the Herd”!]

Christ Jesus and Mrs. Eddy focused sharply on the spiritual import of Scripture.  On page 320 of Science & Health Mrs. Eddy says: “The one important interpretation of Scripture is the spiritual.”  That may sound obvious to some, but the Bible is full of examples, especially in the Old Testament, of trained holy men interpreting the Scriptures very literally, without the love and compassion behind the law that they are trying to enforce.  So when we have a subject that includes the term “doctrine”, you can be sure that we are looking at this term from a spiritually active view.  Jesus sacrificed everything for us, so that we would understand better how God has loved and created us.  He not only interpreted the Jewish law from a standpoint of divine Love, but he demonstrated this Love actively by healing people of sin, sickness and even death.  In so doing, he forever rejected, through his actions, the material, “Genesis 2” model of man as a sinful, mortal creation.  His life of demonstrated unity with the Father illustrated that man is firmly held in the Kingdom of Heaven, never banished, cast out, or separated from Love.

What do we do with this knowledge?  We live it.  We heal, rejoice, bless, love, and just generally follow in the footsteps of the Master every day!

In the Responsive Reading we see that “…the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by which we draw nigh to God.”  This is not to say that the Jewish law, including the Ten Commandments, is not a vital part of living in a Christian manner. Rather, the hope that came with Jesus' arrival stems from the demonstrated understanding that man is one with God, not the sinning mortal of Second Genesis. This understanding helps us “draw nigh to God” and to put that important law “into [our] hearts” rather than just following the “law” through a mortal/fearful sense of obedience.  We see through Jesus' life, that we are loved, created in God's spiritual image, and this knowledge helps us to worship more spiritually, motivated by our love for God.

Section 1: Atonement is how man's unity with God is shown.
Jewish law comprises much of the Old Testament, and a great deal more than the Ten Commandments.  There is much detail involved in living a devout Jewish life.  When it says in citation B3 that “…the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”, it is not meant to diminish the spiritual significance of the Ten Commandments. This section makes this point clear. What is illustrated here is the imperative need to recognize the holy, and wholly spiritual, interpretation of the law. A truly elevated view of the Two Great Commandments requires much sacrifice on our parts, “…even the surrender of all merely material sensation, affection and worship.” (S9)  No small task. When we take steps to remove all that is “merely” material in our lives, and to put God first, we draw closer in our consciousness, to Love, and find our needs for love, affection, nourishment, provision of every kind, met abundantly through this oneness.

Section 2: No barriers between us and God/Love
To understand our unity with Love, we have to know the healing Christ.  Jesus' coming and his sacrifice through the crucifixion, removed the belief that there could be a separation between God and man.  This was symbolized by the tearing of the veil of the temple when he “gave up the ghost” on the cross.  [Mark 15:36, 37]  This veil was the physical and symbolic barrier between the holiest part of the Jewish temple and the congregation.  No one but the priest could go behind that curtain, and then only once a year following very careful rituals. But Jesus showed through his life of healing that the Christ power that he demonstrated was available to all and bestowed on all through individual practice, through giving up—sacrificing—material desires, for spiritual understanding.  This takes recognition of the Christ in our experience, and a practice of this Christ power to heal (taking up the cross).

Section 3: “Humility is the stepping-stone to a higher recognition of Deity.” Misc. 1:15-16
Why would this be?  If we are humble, we are “unselfed” (S17) in our love for others, and for God.  We have a true understanding of who we are, what man is, and ultimately, who God is. When we entertain a strong sense of self as personal, separate from God, either good, or bad, we then feel separate from Love.  We think we have to do things on our own, or from a personal sense of ability, or a lack of ability. True humility opens up the universe of possibility, basing our talents on the infinity of Soul as the source of all ability.  Isn't this 'oneness' at its best?  In this section we have the juxtaposition of the palsied man, lying on a bed (the ultimate in humility), and the scribes who were analyzing the appropriateness of forgiving sins as a matter of “law”.  This is looking at the law as human doctrine—the opposite of genuine spiritual humility—rather than seeing it as an outpouring of divine Love.  The law, rendered in a human framework, is materialized, dead; viewed spiritually it has the Christ power to heal and bless. [See Cobbey Crisler P.S.1 on the healing value of good cheer and forgiveness!]

Section 4: Salvation through practicing Christ-healing.
Our love for, and demonstration of Christ and the healing power of Christ, is what reveals God to us, and saves us from merely experiencing life on a material level.  We only understand this unity that we have with God by practicing it through healing.  [A song about your unity with God & citation B12: on the CSPS Online Shop, you can hear and buy “I and my Father” (are one) –the 4th track on Cherie Brennan’s CD “You are loved”.]  We cannot just observe unity with God in others, any more than we can just observe Jesus' demonstrations and feel God's love for man solely through this observation.  “Self abnegation, by which we lay down all for Truth, or Christ, in our warfare against error, is a rule in Christian Science.” (S20)  For me, these statements actually make this challenge of sacrificing materiality for spiritual understanding, more accessible.  Truly, this is a step-by-step process.  It is, as it says in citation S11, a daily process of allowing Truth to overcome error in our walk and conversation.  It is not an impossible task, but one that is supported by divine Love, [our “good shepherd” (B12, John 10) who shows us how to go.  See Cobbey Crisler P.S.2 about bringing a shepherd’s care to all you do; being at one with God (B12, John 10).]

Section 5: What the crucifixion reveals.
This is a tough subject.  I'm glad Mrs. Eddy doesn't avoid it.  If the crucifixion is viewed on a strictly material level, seeing God as a manlike but divine being, purposely allowing His son to be killed in such a horrific way, we cannot take from this experience the complete message that Love is giving us.  Jesus suffered this deed so that we could better understand that man's nature is not material.  The crucifixion elevated our concept of man, giving us the ability to demonstrate the Christ power to heal on a higher level.  It was the ultimate sacrifice of a material sense of life, to prove the reality of man as a spiritual idea, one with Love and Life.

Section 6: Our unity with God is expressed through Christ-healing.
Let's not take the spiritual lessons that Jesus taught and turn them into material ritual, whether this is a ritualized act of reading our Bible lesson, or a material view of our daily work of school, job, raising children.  Demonstration is key to experiencing our unity with God because there can be no ritualization of demonstration.  All healing comes through revelation of some kind and we just can't fit revelation into human ritual.  We can take every activity we do and revitalize it through recognizing the spiritual import of that activity.  This is serving God, true worship.  This is the demonstration of the Atonement in our daily lives and the best way we can show our gratitude to Jesus for what he did for mankind.

*[Check back (at the upper right hand corner of our webpage) later in the week.  We will post there a Disc Golf "Whole-in-One" course & scorecard designed for 4 take-away application ideas of home to put into action pior wholeness in 1-ness with God.  This is a guide for Sunday School classes at a DiscoveryBound Teen Regional event at CedarS this coming Sunday in our Bible Lands Park. 

[Posted in the top right corner is a downloadable PDF file that is a course of study for all "Bible Lands Prophets".  You are invited to complete it (or part of it) before your 2015 visit to CedarS.  Donors will give 2015 Bible Scholarships to CedarS for campers & staff who can show that they completed the attached syllabus.  Amount of tuition credits granted will depend on how much is completed and on the donations received.  Additional donors are needed and welcome to support this incentive for Bible scholarship and familiarity with our Pastor!   A small amount given monthly would add up significantly like a small amount studied weekly adds up to Bible and Science and Health literacy for our modern-day prophets! In the pull-down donation 'Designation' just specify 'Bible Scholarship'.]

[Cobbey Crisler P.S. 1— Matthew 9:2-8, the healing value of good cheer and forgiveness:
“Verse 2, Chapter 9: ‘We have a man in bed with the palsy.”  Can you imagine Jesus going by a man who had been that long without moving and telling him to “be of good cheer”? But there’s nothing Jesus said that he didn’t discern was needed.  What that man needed, more than physical movement, was to be of good cheer. Jesus said, “Thy sins be forgiven thee.”  Jesus knew at a glance the whole history of a case.”
(Verse 3). The scribes say, “This man blasphemes.” In order to get the healing, he has to eliminate the theological obstruction to healing first.
(Verse 5). He says, “What is easier? To say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?”
(Verse 6). “Because the Son of man does have power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy), Arise, take up thy bed, and he goes.”
Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax Collector’s Report, p. 42-43
Check out a re-enactment skit written of this Matthew 9:2 healing by clicking the file in the upper right corner.]

 [Cobbey Crisler P.S.2 on John 10: bring a shepherd’s care to all you do; be at one with God:
“Chapter 10. Not too many of us keep sheep anymore.  So, this is a lost simile on the twentieth century. Should we be keeping sheep in the real meaning of it? What could you and I do more about our job, our home, our world, our political situation, our community, and church, if we introduced more of the shepherd motive into all of them?
John 10:13 shows the difference between the shepherd-motive and the hireling’s motive who was working just for pay. “The hireling fleeth, because that’s all he was working for is money.” Where’s the difference?  “He doesn’t care.”
Let’s ask ourselves the question, do we care?  If we care, that’s the shepherd motive.  Jesus cared.  He walked in the midst of the dissolute, the despairing, the injured, the grieved, and the broken in heart as well as in body.  And nobody knew why he did it. The upper classes, those who didn’t have similar problems, wondered why he was with the publicans and sinners.  But he said that “the whole didn’t need a physician” (Matt. 9:12; Mark 4:23; Luke 5:31).
He apparently contemplated an Israel in prophecy which the existing Israel, the establishment, had not remotely seen.
He saw the Israel in prophecy which is exactly in accord with Jeremiah’s prediction of the new covenant and Isaiah’s. The new Israel would be composed of those whose needs had been met, where the recipients were, no class, no mass, no private sector, no ghetto, but receptivity gathering the sons and daughters together.  They are gathered to prove what is possible on earth as in heaven.  The shepherd motive of caring brings us into that new Israel.”

[Watch for more on the shepherd as the door of the fold with next week’s lesson on Probation after Death…]

In John 10:30, Jesus’ great statement, “I and my Father are one.” If this is from the Aramaic, then, the Aramaic word would give the meaning, “I and my Father are in accord.” 
 Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple, B. Cobbey Crisler, p.56, 57]  

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