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Give the world convincing proof of the validity of the scientific statement of being! [#1]
Insights from Mary Baker Eddy, Cobbey Crisler and Ken Cooper on select citations for
“Soul and Body”— The Christian Science Bible Lesson for November 25, 2018

Warren’s (W’s) PS#1—Mary Baker Eddy on Paul’s words in Athens (Golden Text, B4, Acts 17:24-28, S10 (Scientific Statement of Being):
**“St. Paul said to the Athenians, “For in Him we live and move and have our being.” This statement is in substance identical with my own: “There is no life, truth, substance, nor intelligence in matter.” It is quite clear that this great verity has not yet been fully demonstrated, but it is nevertheless true. If Christian Science reiterates Paul’s teaching, we, as Christian Scientists, should give to the world convincing proof of the validity of this scientific statement of being. Having perceived, in advance of others, this scientific fact, we owe to ourselves and to the world a struggle for its demonstration.” Retrospection and Introspection, 93: 17]

Also, Cobbey Crisler shared these insights on the context of Paul’s words to the Athenians in Acts 17 (B4): “Well, now Paul is heading for the cultural capital of civilization, Athens. And you can’t even go to modern day Athens without appreciating somewhat of what Paul saw, looking around at the remnants of that great city and “the columned buildings that were dedicated to so many gods. It must have moved Paul.” …

“And so he opens his mouth and begins right away to talk in Athens. Now this is a tough area in which to introduce Christianity, except at least they were willing to listen because everybody talked about anything. I mean there were a lot of weirdo sects and ideas that they welcomed without question in Athens because everybody liked to dispute these ideas anyway.

“He’s in the market, the agora, as well as in the synagogue. He runs into Epicureans; he runs into Stoics.” Now Tarsus where Paul came from happens to be a Stoic stronghold. So he must have been certainly aware of that philosophy…

“They bring him to Areopagus, the hill of Mars or Aries, and they asked him to explain what he has to say.” …

Acts 17:22  Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.

Paul, standing there, shows how a lecture can be tailor-made to any environment. And, it’s better than uniformity if you want to get the ear of the locals. And in this way, you will find at no point does Paul mention the Old Testament. Why? (Pause) What would that mean to the Athenians? (See below, Acts 17:23, paraphrased)

Instead, he kind of says, “On my way to the forum…you know. In other words, here I was, and I saw something you had back here. And, it says TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.” (See Acts 17:23 …

“Would everybody be listening? It relates. He’s picked up something locally. And, would you also be listening if he said “That monument you put ‘TO THE UNKNOWN GOD’, I want to tell you a little something about him. He’s unknown to you, but here’s some information that might be helpful… “And then, in Acts 17, verse 24, he describes “that God who made all, and therefore, couldn’t dwell in temples made with hands.” …

We’re reminded of whom? Yes, but since Jesus, we heard that from Stephen, remember? As Saul, himself, he had heard that.

“He dwelleth not in temples made with hands.” (repeated paraphrased)

What do you think that comment does when you’re looking at the Parthenon and buildings like it? “God doesn’t dwell in all of this. He made everything. How can you contain Him?” … Very interesting point.

Have we even arrived at that point today in our thinking? … I doubt the Athenians had either.

“The search where God is…” will end up with the conclusion in the last line of Acts 17, verse 27, “that He’s not very far from every one of us.” And then Paul very cleverly introduces lines from local poets: “In him we live, and move, and have our being” and “for we are also his offspring” – parts of poems we have identified, and they even know the authors. (See below, partial)

Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being**; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

“After the Master, What? The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#2—Ken Cooper’s poem for this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson on “Soul and Body” springs from a Golden Text quote from Acts, chapter 17. It is called "In Him We Live" which links with the Golden Text, and "Thanksgiving" which links with Thanksgiving!

These have been recorded on my Ken G Cooper Poetry You Tube channel, – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv6edwM4E2y4wJ98jGEPUOw.

"In Him We Live" can be found on

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fUHiqsWpnw, while "Thanksgiving" is on

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHCCdA4iuF0 For each of these further comment can be seen under "SHOW MORE".

W’s PS#2—Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 7:16-19 (RR)
Verse 16 (& 20) is the one measurement Jesus gives all of us. “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”

(Verse 17). “Every good tree brings forth good fruit. Every corrupt tree, evil fruit.”

(Verse 19). Look what happens to the tree that doesn’t produce. [“… it is hewn down and cast into the fire.”

(Verse 24) We’ve got a lesson that he (Jesus) use a parable for. Let’s compare them. Jesus said these things so they would be studied, not that what he said would be read, or scanned, or enjoyed, but put into life experience.

He said, “Whoever listens.” Is he concerned about listening, receptivity? He says, “Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them.”

There are two parts to it: Hear, the other, Do. “It will liken him unto a wise man.” That wise man went out and built his house where he’s going to live, built it on a rock. The rain came, teh flood, the wind. What happened? After it was all over, where was his house? Still there. It didn’t fall. Why? It was the kind of house that he built that made the difference. It’s what he built it on that made the difference.
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master, A Tax-Collector’s Report,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#4—Psalm 4:6 (B7): the healing light of seeing God face to face

“The treatment in Psalms 4, verse 6 is the “light of God’s countenance.” Despite the fact that in verse 6 the question is raised, the prognosis, we might say, which is very ill-boding, says, “Who will show us [any] good?” What’s the use? (Intimated.) Why is God’s countenance a medicine? “The light of God’s countenance.” We find this all the time that we are to seek God’s face, face-to-face. You know what Paul says face-to-face is? To know as you are known. It’s a mental face-to face then, isn’t it? Face to face with God is to know as God knows. To be God-like.”

“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#5—Cobbey Crisler on John 2:13-22 (B13, with reference to B12)
In John 2:13, we find "the time of Passover.

And in John 2:14, "the money changing going on in the temple."

This is a picture of the outside of the temple mount area. This is the southern wall. This arcade above it is called the Royal Arcade, the columned area with the roof over a building. It was in that area that the money changing occurred before they went into the main area of the temple and polluted it.

They used money there which would not have idolatrous images on it. That's why the money changing occurred. To get it out of the Caesars' coins with their profiles which were considered gods. The Caesars were considered gods. It was not allowed to use that money in the temple. It was a big commercial enterprise because you could also buy animals for sacrifice in the temple. The money changers sat there with a little shekel in their ear. According to Dr. Bull, that identified them as the official money changers. They made a percentage on what they were selling.

John 2:15 and 16, Jesus walked into this concept of church with its commercialism and said it's time for something new, and underlined it by removing all who were there.

What we miss here in the Gospel of John is given to us in some other gospels. After this happened, do you know what he does. Do you remember he brought in those who needed healing? For the first time in history we have indications that healing was a part of church activity and was normal and identified with church. It replaced the ritual of commercialism with an active proof of mankind's needs being met within the concept of church. This is a whole new idea that he introduces. He's also rejecting the animal sacrifices part of that theology, too.

In John 2:19, Jesus says, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." This shows that John understands the deeper meaning behind the logos, word. The Jews take him to mean the big temple building itself. Which, by the way, that temple mount area may be as much as two and a half times as large as the Roman forum, if you want to get an idea of what Herod the Great had built there. It took forty-six years and they were still building at the time of Jesus. They were still building it up to the year it was destroyed by the Romans.

But John 2:21 tells us that "he spake of the temple of his body.”

If that's what he was speaking of, look at also the concept of religion, at least as far as worshiping structures is concerned. Where do you and I really worship in the basic terms? Right within ourselves. Therefore, if there's any temple for

worship, it's our body. Do we treat our body as a temple. That's the thing that Paul asks. [I Cor. 3:17 (B12)]

Know ye not that's the temple? Know ye not that ye are the temple? Whether we actually have that concept of the body itself or not is something we can just ask ourselves. Notice his disciples do not get what he means at the time he says it. Also notice that many crowd around Jesus.”
"Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple," by B. Cobbey Crisler

W’s PS#6— Cobbey Crisler on John 4:23 (B14) on true worshippers

John 4:23, ''The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him." Look at the definition of worship. "True worship is spiritual, "not structural, not geographical, not ritualistic. Why? Because worship of God can only properly be done by partaking of God's own nature.
“John, the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Warren Huff’s PS#7 –Here again is my gratitude for the purifying & invigorating “sunlight of Truth” (S-14, 162:4): “Should we be silent? Ah, never.” (Hymn 283)

I can never keep from sharing my gratitude for the life-altering healing I had from applying this citation!

As part of CedarS Bonus Thanksgiving Lesson Met for 2009 I wrote: “After a joyous 2008 summer and fall of service, I found myself agonizing in the passenger seat during our evening move home from camp. I sang (along with the sound system) many hymns that I knew by heart—thanks to years of camp Hymn Sing experience—belting them out, at first through tears of intense pain, and later through tears of immense gratitude.

For the first part of the trip the disabling discomfort just wouldn't let up—no matter how I changed my position or what hymns or citations I prayed. The pain seemed to radiate from a huge internal growth that had been steadily growing for several months. It had attempted to rob me of my appetite and vigor as well as of all ability to lift one of my legs.

In deepest humility—and supported by the prayers of the dear driver, of my mom and of a practitioner who I kept calling—I continued to reach out to God and to sing each word with renewed understanding, conviction and vigor. With tears of joy I cherished the truths about my spiritual nature as if they were being tenderly told to me in order to save my life for God's service—and that they did!

All pain finally broke thanks to this all-out, fervent praying and singing—and I have hardly stopped smiling or singing since. I remain eternally grateful that I took "God-is-All" instead of Tylenol—that I chose Christian Science treatment to eliminate not only the pain, but also its cause rather that just opting to temporarily relieve suffering.

I knew when I got home without pain that I was healed, although the draining and dissolving of the growth took several more weeks of consistent "ray-delineation therapy" which "dissolves tumors" with the invigorating purity of "the sunlight of Truth" that "Christian Science brings to the body." (S&H 162:4, S28 in our "Substance" lesson) I applied each ray of this divine, healing sunlight –shining the specific, promising laws and wonderful ideas laid out in the following precious paragraph.”

"Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates (refreshes, revitalizes, stimulates, enlivens, energizes, animates, rejuvenates, strengthens) and purifies (cleanses, disinfects, sanitizes, decontaminates, filters). Christian Science acts as an alterative (a medicinal plant that causes a gradual beneficial change in the body, usually through improved nutrition and elimination, without having any marked specific action OR A medicine or treatment which gradually induces a change, and restores healthy functions without sensible evacuations), neutralizing error with Truth. It changes the secretions (emissions, discharges, oozings), expels humors (4 Medieval ones to be balanced: blood, yellow bile, phlegm, black bile), dissolves tumors (growths, cancers, lumps, swellings), relaxes rigid muscles ("thought-forces"), restores carious bones to soundness. The effect of this Science is to stir (rouse, wake up, budge, shift, get up, revive) the human mind to a change of base (basis, foundation, origin, heart, starting point), on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind." (S&H 162:4). Have fun letting your body and life sing-out about this transforming "sunlight of Truth"!]

W’s PS#8—Cobbey Crisler on Ps 42:11 (RR) Hope in God cures depression

“Psalm 42, Verse 11 is a refrain in this psalm and the next. [Ps. 43.5] It’s a question we all need to ask ourselves, "Why art thou cast down?” Depression, if not an economic fact, seems to be a mental one at present. "Why art thou cast down? Examine the reasons. "Why art thou disquieted within me?" That's getting mad in a sense. That's challenging what we are accepting without question. Why am I depressed? Why is this disquiet? What's the reason for it? Then notice the remedy. "Hope thou in God: praise God, hope in God. The health of our countenance is in God. "
Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

“Verse 11 [of Psalm 42] is the effect of that [enemy] thought [of questioning the existence of God in verse 10]. Our “soul is cast down,” our whole identity depressed, “disquieted.” Only “hope in God” restored will restore “the health of our countenance,” showing the physical effect of the mental cause.”
"War in Heaven: Conquest of Inner Space," by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#9—Cobbey Crisler on Luke 4:33-36 (B16)
“Luke 4:33, This first specific healing is the one of the unclean devil. Many of these healings require steps. There is a sequence in healing, in many cases, three specific phases that Jesus goes through before the healing occurs.

One asks the question, "Why? Couldn't Jesus heal instantaneously?" We know he did. But look at the value for us in having the method that he used preserved step by step…
… We find that Jesus’ radical challenge to the human mind is such that this devil is absolutely removed from his mentality, shown never to have been a part of it.

Normalcy, dignity of manhood, are restored.

No one had witnessed such authority before, where the word is followed by the deed. Ju.st like creation where God said (in Genesis I :3), “Let there be, and there was." There is no lapse between promise and fulfillment from God's point of view. Breathing in the Holy Ghost is our way of imaging forth God's authority on-earth­as-in-heaven, imaging forth that “Let there be Light”

"Let there be health is our breathing in the divine fact that the Holy Ghost is inspiring us to feel. Our utilization of that fact is like our breathing out, giving out what we've taken in. It becomes and there was" light or health. Just as natural as that. Breathing in, “Let there be," and breathing out, “there was.”

“Luke the Researcher” by B. Cobbey Crisler

**You can buy your own transcripts of most of Cobbey Crisler’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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