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Here are Cobbey Crisler and other infinity-shifting insights on some citations for
“God the Only Cause and Creator”
The Christian Science Bible Lesson for June 3, 2018

Warren’s (W’s) PS#1—The words “not in vain” from Isa. 45:18 in the Golden Text echo the 3rd Commandment “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain” (Exodus 20:7). Here’s a helpful insight from Cobbey Crisler on the Commandments: “The Deca (10) Logos (laws) were given by a liberator to a people who’d been slaves for four centuries; therefore they are not meant to be restrictive, but liberating laws. Consider them as saying “Thou cannot or thou art incapable of” [taking God’s name (or nature of Love) in vain or without a tangible, concrete result… As Mary Baker Eddy says, “Love is reflected in love.” (SH, p. 17)]


W’s PS#2—Cobbey Crisler on Ps 150.1-6 (RR)
“In speaking of the glory of God’s kingdom,” (Ps. 145.11), the last Psalm [150:1-6] in the psalter, our responsibility is to praise the Lord, fill thoughts with such praise. [Verse 1] "In his sanctuary where he is: in the firmament of his power, " and He is never powerless. [Verse 2] "For his mighty acts," reviewing all the solutions in God's atmosphere, taking it in through the Holy Ghost, breathing it in. "Praising him for his excellent greatness,” against which there is no competitive power or challenge. [Verses 3, 4, 5] "With the sound of the trumpet, psaltery, harp, timbrel, dance," all the accompaniments to joy, “stringed instruments, organs, cymbals.” A grand finale indeed to the spiritual concert of a heart filled with God’s solutions, accepting no other word for it but God’s. For this is the concluding doxology for the entire Psalms.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#3—It’s such a blessing during week two of CedarS 2018 Precamp Staff training to be reminded of God’s fulfilled promise to CedarS Founder, Ruth E. Huff, for a wonderful staff by way of a mention in the Responsive Reading of her random Bible opening to Psalm 147:14. “Divine Mind made staffing easy that first summer. (1962) In answer to Ruth’s inquiry about finding a wonderful staff, the Bible opening promised, “He… filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.” (Psalm 147:14) … all were very spiritually minded and proficient. Divine Mind brought each individual to Cedars. We knew that we were blessed with “the finest of the wheat.” God’s promises are kept.” CEDARS CAMPS, ITS ORIGIN AND GROWTH, 1962-2001, page 12, written by Ruth E. Huff, Founder, Illustrated and Designed by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini


W’s PS#4—transcribed from W’s notes on Cobbey Crisler references to Genesis 1 (B1, S2, S3, S4, B4, S5, B7, B10, S15, B13, S20, S21, S23, B14, S25, S26, B16, S28, S29, B19, S30, S31):
“Genesis chapter 1 was written in response to the Hebrew people’s crisis of exile.

“Verse 2 attempts to explain how creation occurred as well as how a new beginning could occur out of the vacuity of nothingness of exile. To the post-exilic authors of Genesis 1 “the earth was without form and void” – or “Toe-who” and Boe-who” – the translated names of the Babylonian mythical leviathan-like, sea monster and their mythical behemoth-like, land monster. The modern day myth is that we evolved from the sea to be dry land creatures with a refined further way of animal thought and life. Human thought was dark much like “darkness on the face of the waters.” … Spirit is the root of the whole word inspiration… No advance can occur in life without inspiration—so “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”… This happens also when Jesus is baptized, coming “straightway out of the water,” as part of a divine announcement. He sees “the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon him.” (Matthew 3:16) Consequently, one recognizes that if Spirit represents the motive of his career, it’s an inspired career…

“It’s how the entire Bible begins (Genesis 1:2) because “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” It’s almost as if in Jesus’ baptism, we’re getting this genesis of God’s creation, that first chapter, applied on earth. The Spirit is moving on those waters in which Jesus is standing. There is a Spirit genesis here. Look at what happened in Genesis 1 in those brief verses when creation is depicted for us.”

Verse 3 (Barry Huff’s bumper sticker: The Big Bang theory: “Let there be light” and BANG! It happened!) “Light (“or” in Hebrew, “phos” in Greek) was created before the stars… The motif here is that of the creation of the world by the WORD and a differentiation between the light and light-bearers.” Theological Dictionary of the New Testament

Verse 4 records the first Quality Control-check—“it was good.”

Application ideas:
“Any lack of originality is only a lack of knowledge about your true origin.”

Compare the development of any right idea in business or otherwise to the mental model of creation in Genesis 1:
Verse 3 = the dawning of the light or idea
Verses 4-6 = the analysis (compare and divide as on the first day)
Verses 7-10 = the decisive, solid manifestation of the idea (dry land appears)
Verses 11-12 = investment in the idea and its productivity
Verse 13 = exposing the idea to light universally, marketing it
Verse 14-31 = diversification (lights for seasons, living creatures multiplying, male & female)
Verse 2:1-3 = rest (not inertia, but success of the idea and its continuing yield)


W’s PS#5—transcribed from W’s notes on Cobbey Crisler on the end of Genesis 1 (B16, S28, S29):
“Searching the scriptures does require scuba diving or at least snorkeling because there’s a need for both clear vision and inspiration.
Verse 26 Here in a book noted for its monotheism we find plural words relative to God. (“Let US make man in OUR likeness…”) Father-Mother (F-M) must be together indivisibly or we have more than one God. If there’s indivisibility in the original there must be indivisibility in the product.

Verse 27. To have Male-Female (M-F) in the product means that it’s in the original.
On IMAGE, Clemet of Alexandria wrote: “In our view, image of God is not an object of sense, but a mental object, perceived not by the senses, but by the mind.” But in Genesis 2:7 the mental model is dropped and in the material account of creation God forms man out of dust—the very OPPOSITE view.

This mimics the opposite view of male and female that is widely promoted in which sex promises us all satisfaction in physical unity—but does it deliver? The very definition of sex is division, not indivisibility. “The sensualist’s affections… and pleasures” would put one through lots of fitful, mental contortions that Mary Baker Eddy describes as “imaginary, whimsical, and unreal” (Science and Health, 241: 8).
(Transcribed from notes taken in the margins of Warren Huff's Bible during Cobbey Crisler talks)


W’s PS#6—About how “nebulae indicate the immensity of space” (S15, 509.13):
There are at least two examples in this Bible Lesson (PS#6 & #7) of how Mary Baker Eddy was ahead of her time in referring to phenomenon in ways that had not yet been discovered or explained scientifically. Amateur astronomer, Chuck Douglas (the Kansas City dad of CedarS staff friends, Charlie Douglas, Carol Douglas and Elaine Douglas Boudreaux), once told me what he had learned when he asked a professional astronomer what a woman author could have meant when she stated “even as nebulae indicate the immensity of space.” (S15, 509:18) The astronomer asked when this insightful observation was made and was amazed that Mary Baker Eddy wrote the first version of Science & Health in 1875. He explained that not until the Hubble telescope was operational on April 24, 1990 were astronomers’ able to see distant nebulae and to measure the speed at which their exploding light was simultaneously moving toward us at light speed in a blueshift spectrum of light and away from us at light speed in a redshift spectrum of light. If you download the amazing pictures of the red and blue light from Helix Nebulae (in the upper right part of the online version), imagine it expanding in opposite directions at the speed of light 186,282 miles per second—with no end in sight! Now, that "indicates immensity"!


W’s PS#7—About Birds & Fish in Answered Prayer (AP) History for Section 5 (S20-S22):
a) It occurred to me as I read this section of the lesson that the three individuals who met on the Mount of Transfiguration and ultimately ascended glimpsed the spiritual nature of God’s creation so clearly that their prayers were answered by and they were served by birds “winged with love” (S21, 512) and by fish (“finned” with love). Accept as possible for you too answers to prayer like Moses experienced, having thousands of quail show up on cue to feed the children of Israel in the Sinai desert (Exodus 16:13, Num. 11:31-32); and like Elijah, being fed by the ravens while in hiding during a drought (I Kings 17:4-6); and like Jesus, having a dove show up at his baptism (Matt. 3:16, Luke 3:22) and fish “school”—“right” on demand (John 21:6) to teach supply and to pay his taxes (John 21:6).

b) “Again, Ruth (Huff) opened the Bible at random for direction. The first words she saw were … from Psalm 104: 16, 17 “… the cedars of Lebanon which he hath planted;” (God gave the idea) “Where the birds make their nests:” This proved to be the inspiration for the naming of the girls cabins with birds names.” CEDARS CAMPS, ITS ORIGIN AND GROWTH, 1962-2001, page 6, written by Ruth E. Huff, Founder, Illustrated and Designed by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini.

c) Warren’s Christian Science Class Instruction notes say that when Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Science and Health the passage about “the bird which has burst from the egg and preens its wings for a skyward flight” (S22), researchers had not yet discovered and documented how "super-precocial" chicks of the "megapodes" came out of their eggs "completely independent…which hatch fully feathered, their eyes open and capable of flight." www.audubon.org/news/the-art-hatching-egg-explained (A video about Australian Brush Turkey chicks illustrates this at https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Australian+Brush+Turkey&&view=detail&mid=D18F12E1C492D412064AD18F12E1C492D412064A&FORM=VRDGAR )


W’s PS#8 — Cobbey Crisler on II Corinthians 3.13-18 (B17)
“In Verse 13 it says that Moses had to “put a veil on his face,” because… they weren’t really ready to face the abolition of so much that we trust right now that doesn’t deserve our trust, so much that we depend upon, other than God.”

Instead of that veil, look what we must do in Verse 18, "We all, with," what? "Open face." Now here are the instructions; when in doubt, read the instructions. "We all, with open face," no veil, no mist. "Behold," how? "As in a glass." Immediately we're talking about what? Original and reflection. What are we supposed to look at? What's our model? "The glory of the Lord," and look what's going to happen.

Are we going to be changed into shame? No, the more we look at our Original, the more we will be "changed." It's passive again; we're not doing the changing. Our focus on God changes us. The more light we face, the more transparent we become for that light. We "are changed into the same image."

Does it happen overnight, all at once? No, "from glory to glory." Here we have the word glory expressing the very steps of our way, not from crisis to crisis, but from "glory," that's victory. There is an identity that is showing its supremacy over everything that the world has calculated to suppress it. It's "from glory to glory" that we go down the way, making visible spiritual progress, because it's happening from "the Spirit of the Lord."

This verse has caused the Interpreter's Bible Dictionary to say that glory to Paul is "a partly fulfilled reality, although it is also a future expectation into which we enter by degrees."

We know when we've progressed just as we know when we've been inspired. We have already found glory palpable to our spiritual senses right here. Here is the link the human has with the divine, the link that we can tug on in the midst of kinds of bad news. This is why the gospel, or good news, elevates, uplifts our human experience because it is linked to facts that are quite applicable now, even though only partly fulfilled, perhaps some even tenuously based on what we think is hope rather than present fulfillment.”
“Glory: Divine Nature in The Bible,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#9—Cobbey Crisler on Luke 4:14, 15, 40 (B18)
“Certainly, Luke's insight tells us this has been a power struggle. Where does power lie? Is it something that must be humanly grasped, something that Jesus has to seize? To take personal power, political power, and priestly power, and immediately cut a dramatic swath across the world? Or does he find another message in the law that relates man directly to God, the source of the only power there is?

“Luke indicates that he understands this [Jesus’ period of temptations in the wilderness] has been a power test for Jesus because in Verse 14 he uses that word, "Jesus returned" not in any form of power that Satan had tried to impose upon him [“to To take personal power, political power, and priestly power”]. But rather, "in the power of the Spirit into Galilee"—[“in the law that relates man directly to God, the source of the only power there is. (CC)]

“In Verse 40 as healing increases, we find that many healings occur, especially around the Sea of Galilee. Is it any more difficult for Jesus to heal collectively than it is individually? It doesn't seem to take much more time, does it?

Who does Jesus say is responsible for the healing? If God is responsible for the healing, does He love all His creation as instantly as he loves each individual part of His creation? Can that love reach collectively? Is it present collectively? If that's the basis for Jesus healing, then we see that healing a multitude was just as normal and natural as breathing, and as healing an individual.

What is the atmosphere there? If the Holy Ghost is there, then we all can breathe that same air simultaneously. The healings were apparently permanent. There was no standing in line. Jesus didn't say, "All right, all the ears, eye, nose, throat people over here." He didn't deal with them as a specialist would deal with them. He dealt with them as a general practitioner, as if he could be consulted and he could join with others in prayer and to be at-one with God, whether it was one individual or hundreds or thousands. Remember, he fed thousands from that same point of view.”
“Luke the Researcher” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


**You can buy your own transcripts of most of Cobbey’s 28 talks at a new 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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I remember as a child that some of my toys had the words "Made in Hong Kong" stamped on them, – this filled me with a sense of adventure and awe. Imagine having "Made by God" stamped on everything!!…….And if it doesn't have that stamp it is clearly a fake…..That's a good way tocheck our thoughts. I have added that "creation is ever appearing". It struck me that this is the demonstration of "I AM", – no history, – "Made by God" is the forever now, – no mortal history, but present renewed inexhaustible perfection.


 

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