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A timely reminder IF you open this soon! All who come to tonight’s CedarS Hymn Sing at 7pm (Central Time) are in for a real treat! Davya Flaretty from Fairbanks Alaska will sing and play for the Hymn Sing and will be joined by Matthew Hammond for original prelude songs at 6:45pm! 

Ken Cooper’s “POETIC PRELUDE” creatively shares Bible EXAMPLES of seeing as God does!
from the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on “Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?”
for April 10, 2022

  • Ken’s NEW YouTube poem, The Battle Won” moves from “Battle on” in the relative to the absolute
  • The prose writing “Enoch Ever Walks With God” sets out the spiritual commitment required, and the results that are guaranteed for ever.
  • The monologue, “Go and Sin No More”, read by Sue, traces the thoughts of the condemned woman.
  • In the monologue “Tabitha,  also read by Sue Cooper, we see Tabitha’s best friend taken aback by what seemed like the ultimate defeat of man to the inevitable.

[Ken writes:] “The Golden Text is clear “..Death has lost the battle!” (Contemporary English Version) The full verse reads “And when that which is mortal has put on immortality, and that which decays is exchanged for what will never decay, then the Scripture will be fulfilled that says: “Death is swallowed up in victory” Death is forever gone, everlasting Life has vanquished it forever! (1 Corinthians 15:54 Combined translations)

This is confirmed by Psalm 23, a beautiful hymn of praise for every one of us, confirming in the last line the utter nothingness of sin, disease and death, for “Without doubt, I will dwell forever in the home and consciousness of God (LOVE), sharing His glorious goodness and mercy with everyone for evermore.” (Combined translations, and see SH p. 578:4-18).  The evermore of Life is the absolute nothingness of death, – the battle has been won!

In my new poem “The Battle Won” we move from the relative to the absolute. From the command “Battle on”:

“Thy weakness makes the enemy strong,

Therefore in strength you prove him wrong:

Strength has been yours before the world began,

For God in His image created man,”

 The poem concludes:

“The moment you place your hand in His own,

His infinite power is all that is known.

Because He is God and you are His son,

The battle revealed as already won!”

 

We have the words of Solomon “Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright, but they have sought out many inventions” (citation B2/Eccl. 7:29). Belief in a battle is one such invention, but when we discover the Allness of God the battle is comprehensively won, for there is no remnant of an enemy, as last week’s lesson made clear. Knowing the Truth, we have no concept of error. When we are with God, there is no battle, for in the infinity of good there is nothing bad, the battle never existed. Sin, disease and death never existed, for man is His image and likeness. The battle was always “ONE-sided”, always “WON”!  [The story of David and Goliath is such a good example, for the moment David ran towards the enemy, knowing God was with him, he had already won].

 Being one with God leads us to the inspiring story of Enoch, who “Walked with God, and he was not for God took him” (citation B7/Gen 5:24) The prose writing “Enoch Ever Walks With God” sets out the spiritual commitment required, and the results that are guaranteed for ever. When we walk with each of the synonyms, names, of God, as the lesson invites us to do, with Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Mind, Spirit, we partake of those qualities, and the nothingness of death is proved. With the lesson, each synonym is examined, and each one contains all the others. When we walk with Love we also necessarily walk in the Spirit, in the consciousness of Mind. Reading and responding to this lesson, we too are walking with God.

“Enoch walked with God, the incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life,
Truth, Love: and he was not; for God, incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul,
Principle, Life, Truth, Love took him, embracing him forever.”  And each one of us.

This is what we are experiencing when we pray, – the nothingness of sin, disease and death, the Allness of the Father-Mother. Enoch was removed from the material concept of man to prove his ever presence with God. Wherever we are, whatever we are doing, whoever we are with, the seven synonyms of God are present in their infinite awareness of what is needed for the full expression of God’s goodness through each one of us. This Principle is unchanging.

In Section 5 we have the story of a woman caught in the act of adultery. The evidence was apparent, and she was to be stoned to death as punishment. What evidence are we accepting? What does Love see and know? The monologue, “Go and Sin No More”, read by Sue, traces the thoughts of the condemned woman. Jesus addresses her accusers, turned the lie upon itself. He recognised her true nature. His knowledge of man’s purity, his expression of that purity, of Love, also washed through her thoughts, cleansed the past so that it was no longer part of her, and this left her renewed. She saw the man / woman of God’s creating, in which is complete freedom, the desire to be good and do good. The instruction to “sin no more” was also a statement of Love, for sin was no more in her consciousness, it was no longer real. The purity of Love is the nothingness of sin. This is what Jesus saw and shared.

In answer to his question “who hath condemned thee?”She replied “No one, Lord”. Jesus said unto her “Neither do I accuse and condemn you. Go, for that life of sin has left you, it has gone, and you will sin no more.” (my combined translations, (citation B15/John 8:11 )

Having seen her true nature, mentally touched by the Christ, she was now incapable of sin, for purity was fully in her thought. Similarly those healed of disease through Science move on, with the freedom of the Truth. There is no longer a battle to be won for it is won. Our thoughts are at one with God.

When we love what we do, in glory and honour of God, we share with others the joy of what we are. This is the impact of the story of Tabitha, – a wonderful Christian. Her death was a shock to her friends. But they had an inner faith. In the monologue “Tabitha, read by Sue, we see her best friend taken aback by what seemed like the ultimate defeat of man to the inevitable. They sought the help of Peter, knowing he would provide comfort in some way. And did he!!

“Peter had never asked to see the body, had never accepted she could ever be separate from her life which is in God. He had simply said, “Take me to Tabitha”. And now his command was with the authority of knowing the truth. He had dismissed our negativity and surrounded my friend with love and his sense of eternal life! “Tabitha, arise”. I felt the power of his statement, and when he called out for us to go in, my heart was already rejoicing.”

Death had lost the battle in the face of Truth.  “We had seen what he had always known, that God is an ever-flowing fountain of life, and surely, we are its bubbling and ever-flowing stream!”      

WE ARE ALL GOD’S EVER FLOWING FOUNTAIN OF PRINCIPLE, LIFE, TRUTH, LOVE, SOUL, MIND, and SPIRIT.  DEATH HAS LOST THE BATTLE FOR IT NEVER WAS, NEVER CAN BE. WE LIVE FOR NOW AND FOREVER IN “THE ALLNESS OF GOD, OR GOOD.”  (S citation 32  p450 21-22)

 ARE SIN, SICKNESS AND DEATH REAL? NO AND NEVER!


Copies of the poems are available in pdf format in color and B&W as DOWNLOADS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ONLINE VERSION OF THIS POETIC PRELUDE to this week’s Bible Lesson.  (Audio of the Met is to be recorded online yet tonight, and the email will follow soon thereafter.) The full range of Ken’s videos on YouTube can be found on KenGCooperPoetry.  All Ken’s poetry and other writings can be found on Ken Cooper Poetry. (Links work on Metaphysical page).

Write to Ken on kengcooper@btinternet.com.

 

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