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W's Post Scripts: Read this Lesson as a Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King. (6)
Let Truth take you from ‘a spirit of infirmity’ to a spirit of infinity–and of freedom!

Insights from Cobbey Crisler, Ken Cooper and Colleen Moore
on select citations for
the Christian Science Bible Lesson for January 27, 2019

Warren’s (W’s) PS#1—Ken Cooper’s poem this week—“Ever Truth’s River”—springs from the Golden Text (“let justice roll on like a river” (Amos 5:24) in this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson. Ken connects this theme with the fourth section where Jesus heals the woman “bowed over” for 18 years with a spinal difficulty. (Luke 13: 11-17, citation B18) [W: It came to me that in all healings, it’s the touch of The Christ … — yea, the divine image and likeness, dispelling the illusions of the senses; the Way, the Truth, and the Life, healing the sick(SH 332:11) that takes us “from ‘a spirit of infirmity’ to a spirit of infinity!”] This poem of healing can be found under Downloads near the upper right corner of both online versions of CedarS posts this week.
Met: https://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/articles/2019/1/truth-7/

When Ken emailed this week’s contribution to me, he added:

“Mary Baker Eddy defines “RIVER: Channel of thought”, and we know that “Spirit, God gathers unformed thoughts in to their proper channels.” The demonstration of Truth is the active washing away of all error with the pure flow of each of the seven synonyms of God, flowing as God directs, unfettered by matter, and therefore free. We are the never-failing reflections of that Truth in all its manifestations.

Jesus perceived the thoughts and righteousness of a woman with a spirit of infirmity eighteen years. She was receptive, and that loosed her from infirmity. He knew the expression of Truth is never failing, our freedom constant and now. Her poem is attached, her story narrated by my wife, Sue. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRYNnM_XxQs

One healing proves the truth for all healings. The touch of the Christ is available to everyone, it needs to be perceived, received and then conceived in demonstration and joy, – like a flowing river assured of its own progress and fulfillment.

More information is available on You Tube under SHOW MORE.

W’s PS#2—Cobbey Crisler on Ps. 67:2 (3, 4—RR) and saving health among all nations
“Verse 2 of Psalm 67 is the prophecy that God'sway will be known upon earth,"

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and this is what we all said together at the beginning of this session. "Thy saving health among" what? A limited number? ''All nations." No wonder the Bible could not close without that magnificent reminder that the leaves of the tree were not just for healing individuals, but for all nations. The medicine for international discord is on that tree.

Just as it is for our own relationship problems. What's a relationship problem [other] than a disease? Something's not relating in our body. Look to our thought. Have we left relationship problems unsolved? Do you know when Jesus would not accept worship from his Christian followers when they (we) bring a gift to the altar? If you remember ought that you have against your brother or ‘vice versa,' don't even bother to give your gift in the environment of church. Church stands for healed relationships. No relationship problems. All things working together for good. Leave your gift behind. It's imperfect. It's incomplete. Go solve the relationship problem with your brother first, then bring your gift to church. That shows that healed relationship problems are the only satisfactory gift to church endorsed by the founder of the Christian Church.”

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

W’s PS#3A—Cobbey Crisler on Luke 13.11-16 (B18): Jesus heals a bent-over woman. Hear Sue read Ken’s poem (W’s PS#1) about this and all healing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRYNnM_XxQs
Cobbey: “Verses 10 through 17 are a healing found only in Luke.
(Verse 11) A woman with a spinal difficulty is in a synagogue Notice that Luke doesn’t say she has an infirmity. Luke, who is reputed to be a physician, doesn’t even diagnose it as an infirmity, but as a “spirit of an infirmity,” a concept, a spirit, a thought. “She was bowed together. She couldn’t lift up herself.”

Verse 12. Jesus comes and announces to womanhood something that could be applicable in many ways, not just this one time. “Woman, you are free from your infirmity. Verse 13. “She’s made straight and glorifies God.”

Verse 14. Incredible, “the ruler of the synagogue” in which this grand healing and correction of a human problem occurred “answered with indignation”.

Jesus’ explanation about the cause of disease is in Verse 16. No longer should there be any room in Christian thought that disease stems from thought or is God’s will when Jesus attributes it to anything that would oppose God. Only what would oppose God would impose something on man that God Himself never created in His whole man. Is that a new theology? Satan and disease linked, and not God as the cause of loss, or pain, or sickness?

Because if it is, he defines Satan as a liar as Jesus does in John (8:44). Satan has bound this woman with an infirmity that has her bent over, and has accomplished this for eighteen years. (Luke 13:16) And “Satan is a liar and the father of it.” Satan’s work must be lies as well. If they are they can be corrected mentally, by a full recognition of what is true. Notice that Satan does the binding. Jesus said (John 8:32) “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

It’s a contest between the truth and the lie about God and His theology, about man, about woman, about children and about disease. If Satan is a liar, he will never change his character. Our idea of God may have gone haywire, but God has not moved.”
“Book of Luke: Luke the Researcher,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#3B—Cobbey Crisler on Luke 13:10-17 [W: “Go from ‘a spirit of infirmity’ to a spirit of infinity!”]
“Luke Chapter 13, Verse 11. Here is a case which only Luke gives us. Luke, supposedly a physician, does not say she has an infirmity but “a spirit of infirmity,” a mental sense of infirmity, “eighteen years bowed over,” spinal difficulty of some sort, rheumatic perhaps, “she could not lift up herself.”

Verse 12. Jesus addressing her in his typical fashion. That no one other than Jesus had ever addressed a woman before. It seems kind of impersonal, perhaps abrupt, but it has the general sense of womanhood, as if he were addressing womanhood generally through the representative in front of him, “womanhood, You are loosed from your infirmity.” Notice that declarative statement, “you are free, Woman, from your infirmity.” That must be the truth because Jesus said, “It is the truth that makes one free.” (John 8:32). Therefore, what has bound her or kept her in bondage must not be from God who would only be capable of truth, but if that liar, which he defines (in John 8:44) the devil as Satan. Verse 16, “Satan hath bound this woman.” She was created to be free. Satan and disease are linked there. Not God as the cause of loss or pain, or disease, or failure. Satan’s already been defined as a lie. Truth is the only way to freedom in Jesus’ theology.”
“Jesus and Equality of Woman,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#4—Cobbey Crisler on John 8:32 (B19) The recipe for freedom!

“John 8:32. Here is the recipe for freedom, “It's the truth itself that makes you free." It is the fact that makes you free. In John 8:44, the devil is defined as a liar and also a murderer from the beginning. If you analyze that again, the devil has one of two purposes when it enters into the thoughts and lives of man. It is either to murder or to kill ourselves or others. That's the motive prompting the thought, critical or otherwise. Remember, judging righteous judgment eliminates most criticisms, and not judging according to appearance. It [lying “fake news”] either murders or kills our neighbor or ourselves, for its purpose is to deceive, one or the other.”
“Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#5—Cobbey Crisler noting Jesus foretold crucifixion in Matthew 20:18-19 (B11): (Verses 18, 19). Has Jesus forewarned his disciples according to this gospel’s account that the crucifixion was going to happen? Look at the details, “mock, scourge, crucify: and the third day he shall rise again.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax Collector’s Report,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#6 –Email from subscriber: Colleen Moore <cmooredglaser@me.com>

Subject: Bible Lesson on Truth and Martin Luther King Jr.

Date: January 21, 2019 at 10:18:02 AM CST

To: "Colleen C. Moore" <cmooredglaser@me.com>

Dear Church Friends,

Maybe I can't help making Martin Luther King connections because of the date; maybe it is because I visited his memorial in Atlanta last month, but there is so much in the lesson theme that MLK used in his speeches and actions.

For example, the Golden Text from this week’s lesson was frequently quoted by Martin Luther King Jr., and it is displayed prominently in his Memorial in Atlanta. Thank you to the Bible Lesson Committee for making this connection for us on MLK Day. (Photo attached—in upper right as online Download.)

Then, the Lesson has the story about the woman "whom Satan hath bound" for 18 years (Luke 13:16) and the quote from I Timothy 2:1-4 about "giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority…." Wow! That was Dr. King's theme in the civil rights struggle, such as in the "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." Here is part of the letter addressing whether we are under civil authority or divine authority:

"I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their "thus saith the Lord" far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid….

YOU express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court's decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, it is rather strange and paradoxical to find us consciously breaking laws. One may well ask, "How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer is found in the fact that there are two types of laws: there are just laws, and there are unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that "An unjust law is no law at all.”

Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine when a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law, or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust…. “


Anyway, I am also including a photo of his grave with the quote “free at last” since the lesson ends on our divine right of freedom. [See online version in upper right as a Download]

You can probably find lots of other connections with MLK. Sorry for the history lesson, but I couldn’t help myself in sharing a few of them.


**You can buy your own transcripts of most of Cobbey Crisler’s 28 talks at this 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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