Again, this may sound like a worn out phrase but history teaches us what to say a€?noa€? to and what to say a€?yesa€? to in our healing work. The Pastor of the Christian Science Church is Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy and The King James Bible. Whata€™s important to you human opinion coming from personality or Goda€™s Word that heals? Each week serious Christian Scientist enjoy getting to know their books by marking their Lesson Sermon for the week.
Again you dona€™t have to recharge a hard bound book, use electricity or deal with the bugs of new technology. A Practitioner is a Class taught Christian Scientist who is in the public practice of healing through prayer. These people should not be expected, more than others, to give all their time to Christian Science work, receiving no wages in return, but left to be fed, clothed, and sheltered by charity. Again, this may sound like a worn out phrase but history teaches us what to say a€?noa€? to and what to say a€?yesa€? to in our healing work.A  History in Christian Science explains why certain things are done in the Christian Science church service and why healing is a big part of Christian Science and why healing is as possible today as it was in ancient times.
One of the unique things about Christian Science is the Lesson Sermon.A  The Lesson Sermon can be found in the Christian Science Quarterly and is by divine design meant to heal. There are numerous important revolutions that have dramatically changed the world that we live in. The decline of feudalism, the emergence of the Renaissance and the Reformation, the expansion of trade with other distant countries and continents, and the discovery and exploration of new cultures awakened a desire to explore the nature and workings of the universe that surrounds mankind. And so, appearing on the scene in Europe at the same time the explorers were searching for new routes to the Spice Islands, to China and India, others were engaged in new scientific studies.
In 1491, Nicholas enrolled at the University of Cracow (Poland), where he took an interest in astronomy. Copernicus is the first to propose a new view of the solar system--the heliocentric view of the solar system in contradiction to the traditional geocentric view. Because Copernicus merely stated his ideas as a hypothesis, he was not considered dangerous to the Roman Church, as Galileo was a generation later. Even though Copernicus made sense to some, the traditional geocentric scheme simply would not disappear. Kepler was a German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, and, although a student of Brahe, disagreed with his teacher.
He was also one of the first to say that Ptolemy was wrong (Ptolemy taught the traditional geocentric view of the solar system) and maintained that Copernicus was correct--the earth did revolve round the sun, and not vice versa. These announcements, published in his work, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, brought Galileo (1564-1642) into conflict with the Roman Church.
In 1992, 350 years later, Pope John Paul II stated that errors were made in condemning Galileo. The case of Galileo is perhaps the best-known illustration of the tension between science and religion.
Bacon is considered by many historians to be the a€?founder of modern science,a€?A  although by training and vocation he was not a practicing scientist. Empiricism -- the theory that reality is discovered through the senses, through experimentation and testing. Induction -- drawing conclusions from onea€™s observations and testing and from that developing general principles. By Bacona€™s rejection of ancient authorities, namely Aristotle and Ptolemy, a new science exploded on the scene, producing a plethora of discoveries and inventions that has continued nonstop to this day.A Under Ptolemy, there would likely not be television, iPhones, or space shuttles. What Bacon attacked was medieval scholasticism--the idea that everything we need to know has already discovered in the past.
Scholasticism denied the very idea of experimentation and taught that the only thing left for the learned mind to do was to clarify was had already been discovered in the past! Sir Francis believed that, in fulfillment of Daniela€™s prophecy, man would increase in knowledge in the last days by casting off unbiblical authorities like Aristotle and investigating Goda€™s natural revelation (creation) with minds that had been created in His image. His major works were The Advancement of Learning (1605), Novum Organum (1620) [the New Order], and New Atlantis (1627). Harvey was a physician in England and was a lecturer at the Royal College of Physicians in London and a Christian. Following his death on April 1727, Isaac Newtona€™s body lay in state in great honor n Westminster Abbey for an entire week. He developed the answer, he believed, and published his work in his masterpiece, Principia, published in 1687.
Among the greatest scientific geniuses of all times, Isaac Newton made major contributions to mathematics, optics, physics, and astronomy. To Newton, the very orderliness and design of the universe spoke of God's awesome majesty and wisdom. Seeking to further understand God's methods, Newton studied and developed formulas for specific phenomena such as ocean tides, paths of comets, and the succession of the equinoxes.
Newton spent a tremendous amount of time studying the Bible, especially the prophetic portions of Scripture. Though he outwardly conformed to the church of England, Newton privately was an Arian Christian.
List and explain what new social and political conditions existed in Europe to make possible the scientific revolution.
Explain why the Copernican hypothesis was so startling to the populace and so threatening to the Vatican and to Luther and Calvin. Explain how the relationship of Galileo to Copernicus was so similar to that between Hubble and Einstein in the 20th century and how they had similar impacts on the thinking of their generations. Describe how the scientific discoveries impacted the world of politics and urged men like Hobbes to pursue a new course of reasoning.
The dissatisfaction by many with patterns of government and the practices of absolute monarchies in Europe and Asia created a hunger to find (1) new and better ways to govern, (2) ways that would better cultivate tolerance for diversity in religion and thought, (3) ways that would promote and value progress rather than tradition for traditiona€™s sake, and (4) where processes of social justice would acknowledge and protect natural rights of the individual.
In simpler terms revolutionary thinking emerged especially in France, England, Scotland, and Germany which generally sought the following: (1) eliminate absolutism in government, (2) toleration for faith and thought, (3) openness to progress, and (4) freedom for the the individual. Major events in the late 17th century set the conditions in Europe for a revolution in thought. The New Attitude: By the 1700s Europeans were quite certain that they could make the world a better, more comfortable place to live. The New Question: If there are natural laws that govern the physical universe, certainly then must there not also be natural laws that govern the spheres of religion and rationality? The new conclusion: If we must use mathematics and the scientific method to discern the natural laws of the physical universe, we must use the same tools to discover the natural laws of the spiritual world.
In other words, what can be known about God, eternity, spiritual laws and commandments, and other related items, can be discovered through human reason using the tools of the scientific method. And if we can discover the natural laws of the spiritual world, we can also discover the natural laws of how to live with each other in this world, including how to govern and to be governed.
The Renaissance questioned traditional thoughts and principles and sought to discover better principles by studying the ancient Greek and Roman philosophers.
The Enlightenment, likewise, questioned the traditional ideas about how to discover truth and how to live together on earth. If we are to discover the natural laws governing the spiritual world, how will we discover them? If human reason with the scientific method as its tool can discover the natural laws of the physical universe, why not the same for the spiritual world?
They met to discuss and debate, in the spirit of the scientific revolution, what the natural laws were that were to govern all people in their personal, social, and community lives.
There were the common people who knew and cared little about those philosophers fortunate enough to sit around and debate natural laws! The printing press that had aided the Protestant Reformation now became the instrument to spread the ideas of the Philosphes. The Philosphes and their disciples tended to occupy seats in the faculties of the universities. They also tended to arrive at a new conclusion about religion: If we must use mathematics and the scientific method to discover the natural laws of the physical universe, then we must use the same tools to discover through human reason the natural laws of the spiritual world. The Renaissance questioned traditional beliefs and principles and sought to discover better principles by studying the ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. If we are to discover the natural governing the spiritual world, how will we discover them? While the leaders the scientific revolution were for the most part orthodox Christians (and believed that they were discovering evidences of Goda€™s intelligent design expressed through the laws they discovered and described), many of those who became leaders in the revolution in thought were deists.
However, as we shall see, the new thinkers in the Age of Reason were not the only people in town. In France the philosophes (a€?the philosophersa€?) gathered often in private homes (salons) hosted by wealthy women to read their latest essays. Although they dealt with a variety of topics, for our discussion we will concentrate primarily on their views dealing with politics and government. He viewed government to be ideally a function of free and rational men -- not simple-minded men who lived as serfs within feudalism or blindly obeyed the dictates of a prince or king. Obviously, his ideas were a direct threat to Roman authority and to the absolutism of Louis XIII and Louis XIV. Baron de Montesquieu was a member of nobility in France, a judge in a French court, and one of the most influential political thinkers of the 18th century. In his major work, The Spirit of the Laws (1748), (French, De la€™esprit des lois) he concluded that when all power rests with one leader or even several leaders, despotism inevitably develops and human freedoms disappear. Yet, Montesquieua€™s political thought was one of several basic ideas that was used to found the Constitution of the United States of America. His openness to ideas and toleration was exemplified in his marriage in 1715 as a Roman Catholic to a French Huguenot woman.
Montesquieu believed that if natural laws were found that could best explain the natural world, then certainly there are laws that can teach us how to live with one another in peace and harmony in the world of culture and society. He also believed that educated persons best discover what these natural laws are that produce harmony, and, therefore, educated people govern best.
Governments are best shaped by the people and their surroundings, the climate, the environment. Voltaire was an opponent of Roman Catholic religious dogma and spoke strongly against blind obedience to the pope. One of his major and most important works was A Treatise on Toleration (1782) that raised havoc when it was circulated within the last days of the reign of King Louis XVI. After returning to France in 1734 he had to again flee imprisonment due to comments made about the absolutists French government in Letters to the English. These personal examples created in him a hatred for oppression of any kind, whether by a despotic king or a democratic mob rule.
Concerning politics, if Voltaire could choose one best form of government, it would be an enlightened monarchy. He opposed war of any kind and called it a€?sophisticated murder.a€? This did not sit well with many in France who basked in the glory of Francea€™s hegemony under Louis XIV, which was achieved in large measure through warfare. Perhaps his best known work was the novel, Candide (1758), in which the central character, Candide, is a joyful, optimistic world traveler.
Organized religion is led by charlatans who exploit the weak and who foist ignorance on the uneducated. Religious leaders maintain power by oppressing anyone who disagrees with them on even the simplest theological matters.
Material wealth provides some comforts and power but in the long run drifts away at he hands of corrupt government officials (taxes, bribery) and dishonest merchants. A great earthquake takes place in the story of Candide which was based on a real earthquake that hit Lisbon, Portugal in 1755 with great loss of life. Voltaire expressed in Candide the opinion that God is either indifferent towards, or lacks the power to prevent evil within human history. As a youth he was educated by Jesuits, and was not an atheist, as some maintain, but bitterly opposed religious oppression of individual rights, and who believed that what can be known about God comes not through revelation and church dogma but through human reason. It can probably be said that Voltaire was at best an agnostic, that the God who was championed by religion, as Voltaire experienced it, was at the core of a suppression of individual thought and freedom and therefore should be discarded. Voltaire maintained that the only places on earth where there was true freedom of religion and speech were in England, the Netherlands, Prussia, and Switzerland.
Diderot was an atheist who believed that all mankind are born with a totally free will to live life as they wish, with no accountability to a divine being. His Encyclopedia was a critical attack on and mocking of Christianity and resulted in his flight from France to Russia where he was protected and supported by the a€?enlighteneda€? ruler, Catherine the Great. Born in Geneva, Rousseau was orphaned while young and placed in the care of a strict uncle. Rousseau was a brilliant thinker who is claimed by Geneva today as one of its most prominent sons. Probably as a result of the harsh upbringing he experienced while living under his strict uncle, Rousseau had much to say about education and how young children develop.
He promoted the idea that children develop through specific stages and should be raised and educated accordingly.
The truly educated person is one who has been trained to be self-governing by making rationale choices. Rousseau was among the first of the French to promote the ideal family as being a nuclear family (father, mother, and children) with a mother serving at home as the manager of the family affairs. Rousseau promoted the concept of a democratic, Christian Republic where the rights of the individual were carefully protected and where the Christian faith was part of culture.
In his Social Contract (1762) Rousseau describes man as being inherently good, born both free and innocent, who is increasingly corrupted by culture and society. He personally had deep religious roots, first as a boy who was born and lived in Calvinist Geneva, then as a Roman Catholic while living in France, and then returned to Calvinism when he moved back to Geneva in his later years. A great faith arose about the ability of human reason to think, weigh, argue, and conclude rather than mere faith on the one hand and the mere gathering of knowledge on the other. By observing human behavior we can discover natural laws that govern how we are to live together and then use these laws to draw up patterns for communities and patterns for governments that will produce harmony, order, and the preservation of individual rights and dignity. Once these natural laws are discovered and agreed upon, the common people are to be taught these newly found laws and trained in the use of reason. Once this system is at work, old institutions that rely upon traditions, unjust rules, and unreasonable patterns will be swept away for they keep the human race from progress.
A new world will be created, a new society will be built, governments will be reshaped, and there will follow unlimited human progress.
Every person is (1) capable of reason and the human mind can discover any truth and the human spirit can achieve any ambition; (2) innately good, potentially virtuous, and every society can become perfect. While some rejected religion altogether (Descartes and Hume), most still held to the values and principles of traditional Christianity.
The printing press, which greatly promoted the ideas of the Reformation, now also greatly enabled the philosophes to spread their ideas quickly, inexpensively, and widely throughout Europe.
Locke lived during the time of the restoration of the monarchy under Charles II and James II and was a strong supporter of the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Locke taught that all people have innate, natural rights that no one has the right to diminish or deny. Locke transferred these observations about the nature of each person to how he or she is to be governed--each person is to be in charge of how he or she is governed and to participate in how society as a whole is governed. Lockea€™s ideas about government were contained in his work, Two Treatises of Civil Government. He also opposed the idea held by those who supported the divine right of kings, that men are not naturally born to be free.
However, in order to preserve his life and his property a man has to choose to enter into society and to live happily with others in a government where the will of the majority rules.
Government, therefore, is a social contract between those who govern and those who are governed. Because men tend to misuse one another, Locke saw the necessity for a government that contained (1) a written code of laws, (2) laws that exist for only one purpose -- to protect the good of the people, (3) legislative and judicial branches in government to enforce and define those laws, (4) no taxation without the consent of the people, and (5) no war or treaty powers are given to anyone without the consent of the people.
Together with Montesquieu, Locke provided three of the foundational concepts that formed the new United States: (1) the necessity for a division of powers (Montesquieu and Locke), (2) the necessity of government to protect the natural rights and property of the individual (Locke), and (3) the formation of a commonwealth as a social contract where those who govern are selected by the people and remain in office so long as the people agree to such (Locke). Locke was not an atheist, but he resisted any religion that did not grant freedom of thought and belief, especially the Roman Church.
He pictured in his work, Leviathan (1651), the all encompassing necessity of a strong central government that extended into every area of life. And yet Hobbes also called for the preservation by government of the natural rights of all citizens, and viewed the monarchy as existing only at the will of the people through a social contract. The absolute monarchies of Europe, and France in particular under Louis XIV, tended to practice mercantilism in the realm of economics and industry. Adam Smith took on the mercantilistic establishment with the publication of his work, The Wealth of Nations in 1776. In his work, Smith maintained that man is at heart selfish in the sense that if given the opportunity, he will use industry to further his own economic well-being. Smith maintained that mercantilism is contrary to human nature and is ultimately destructive to a nationa€™s economy.
Rather than the governmenta€™s hand, there would be an invisible hand to guide a free market, marked and fueled by competition.
Competition among producers to acquire the best workers raises the level of salaries of workers. Competition among producers increases not only their own wealth but that of the nation which taxes their profits. Producers, if allowed to reinvest their profits back into increased machinery, workers, research and development, produce a better quality of goods, sell more of their products, and make a greater profit. Money should circulate freely among men as blood does in the human body, a concept he learned from the revolution in science. Colonies in North America where free enterprise was either allowed to occur, or occurred because the people were too remote to be controlled, tended to become more prosperous than the economies they left behind in Europe. Adam Smitha€™s theory became the economic policy of the newly formed United States of America.
Deism was a popular religious belief based on a God who created the universe, set it in motion with a set of specific, orderly, natural laws, then stepped back to let it operate itself.
The Deists often compared their view of God to that of a clockmaker who, having once created a clock, then wound it up, moved off, and let it operate in an orderly fashion on its own, governed by natural laws. Deists believed that all religions could be reduced to the worship of an orderly, rational God who does not perform the miraculous in violation of or apart from his natural laws (hence, no virgin birth, no miracles, no resurrection), and a moral code that human reason and common sense can agree on. While some of the philosophes rejected the notion of any kind of God at all and became atheists, most remained loyal to the Christian church. To Diderot and the contributors to the Encyclopedia all religious dogma was absurd and the result of human imagination.
Voltaire disagreed with the atheists and said their atheism had a religious dogma of its own. If religion is either not important for good government or not important for good society, and if principles for living together in society is based upon a commonly accepted set of values derived from common sense, what happens to people who my their own free choice choose not to live by those principles or standards? The general conclusion was that if someone disobeys a€?reasona€? or what the majority decides is a€?natural law,a€? that person has to be either removed from the perfect society or be a€?re educateda€? so that they use more enlightened reason.
The Enlightenment thinking led not only to societies and governments where great, unheard of levels of human freedom were to be realized (which took place in Englanda€™s Glorious Revolution and which we will see in the American and French Revolutions), but in reality also produced some of the most cruel and totalitarian governments ever before realized in human history. The Enlightenment that helped to produce both the United States of America also led, as well, to Hitlera€™s Nazi Germany!!
The Big Question: Was this really an a€?enlightenmenta€? or is it better called the age of deifying human reason? There was another side to the Age of Reason where Christian men and women lived and taught and where spiritual movements took place at the same time as Locke, Voltaire, and Rousseau. The outbreak of Christian revivals in England and America in the 18th century greatly impacted the social, moral, financial, spiritual, and political aspects of culture in Great Britain and America so that these cultures differed significantly from those of Italy and France. The Great Awakening in America turned the colonies upside-down and prepared the way for independence from Great Britain.
The Baroque Age in Music broke with tradition, and produced a radical departure from the music of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Spener was born in Alsace, whichat that time was a part of Germany, but is now a province in Eastern France. Later posts in Berlin exposed Spener to much criticism from other Lutheran ministers because of his emphasis upon personal transformation and cleansing through a spiritual rebirth. Although he is called the a€?father of pietism,a€? he, himself, did not teach nor practice what the later pietists called for--an emotional experience of salvation as a proof of conversion and the separation of the Christian from all secular life. Spener founded the University of Halle, a center of opposition to the ideas of the French philosophes.
Early in his career Spener became widely known as a vocal opponent of the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes (see Hobbes above).
The Age of Reason had begun to infiltrate Lutheran Germany and presented a new threat to the Lutheran churches. Spener taught that the cure for the cold dogma in the Roman Church and the dogma increasingly developing in German Lutheranism was not rationalism or human reason, but a deeper, personal commitment to Christ. His grandfather moved the family to Germany to avoid forced conversion to the state-religion, Catholicism.
With wealth received from his family Zinzendorf purchased an estate in East Saxony, Germany (at the intersection of Saxony, Poland, and Czechoslovakia) where his intention was to create a community of people who desired to follow the teachings of Spener and to publish books which might awaken Lutheranism from what he felt was its stupor. Within months a request came from Moravia and Bohemia, now sections of present-day Czechoslovakia, from a group of Protestants who were the dominant group in Moravia and Bohemia before the Thirty Yearsa€™ War (1618-1648), but were now a persecuted minority. Zinzendorf worked diligently to unite the various groups coming from a variety of cultures and Christian backgrounds into a unified Christian community.
Zinzendorf continued to view the new community, not as a new reformation, but as a means to breath new life into the Lutheran churches. When civil authorities grew suspicious and concerned about Zinzendorfa€™s community, they banished them from the estate. Zinzendorf is mentioned here because, like his godfather, Spener, he emphasized the necessity of the new birth and of an intimate, personal relationship with Christ as the cure for the cold dogmas of Rome and the increasing coldness of the Lutheran Churches. Rather than an emphasis on human reason, Zinzendorf was faithful to biblical teachings and to cultivating the spirit and the new heart. Edwards is considered to be one of the most brilliant Amercian-born philosophers and theologians. Edwards was a Calvinist minister in Northampton, Massachussetts and preached during some of the first revivals connected with the Great Awakening in (c.
As with pietism in Europe, the Great Awakening emphasized an intensely personal relationship with Christ, brought the Christian faith to the common man, and was marked by prayer, bible study, intense introspection, and a personal commitment to a biblical standard of morality. The Great Awakening impacted the attitudes of the colonists towards authority and especially to the government of England. The impact of the Awakening produced a revolution in the American colonies that was totally distinct from the revolution in France that occurred about 15 years later.
At Oxford he joined the Holy Club, a group of deeply committed Christian students who met regularly to pray and study the Bible. Because he was not assigned a pulpit by the Anglican Church, Whtiefield preached wherever people would gather, in parks, in public squares, in marketplaces.
One of Whitefielda€™s most ardent supporters was Benjamin Franklin, who published all of Whitefielda€™s sermons and tracts in his Gazette. On one occasion in Philadelphia, Franklin walked from the outdoor pulpit area where Whitefield was preaching on Market Street down to the Delaware River, just to see how far his booming voice would carry. Although Franklin did not agree personally with Whtiefielda€™s message of repentance and faith, he nevertheless admired him as a friend. It is said that Whitefield preached to more people in his lifetime than another other person prior to Billy Graham, and all without the benefit of air conditioning, PA systems, and closed circuit TV!
Whitefield crossed the Atlantic to the American colonies numerous times to conduct preaching campaigns from Massachusetts to Georgia. His preaching in Wales and England did much to prevent English society from being impacted by the humanism of the French philosophes. Earlier, the Wesleys had traveled to Georgia in the American colonies to do missionary work among the native Americans.
It is understandable, therefore, that under the direction of the Wesleys many of their followers became leaders in major service projects and organizations, leading the way in prison, orphanage, hospital, and social reform.
The Wesleys were abolitionists and were friends of William Wilberforce and John Newton, other English leaders in the anti-slavery movement in England. It can be safely stated that the words of John Wesleya€™s hymns have been sung by millions around the world and are words memorized by millions.
List five major members of the Philosophes in France, England, and Scotland and explain their particular contributions to the Age of Reason.
Explain the roles that natural reason and the newly discovered laws of nature played on the thinking of the leaders of the Age of Reason. Discuss specific Christian thinkers of the 18th century who opposed the French philosophes. In a brief statement be able to summarize the impact of Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Locke on the framing of the American government. Explain how Hitlera€™s Nazism and Americas democracy could flow from the same fountain called the Age of Reason. Explain why many of the philosophes had trouble accepting the claims of the Scriptures concerning the virgin birth, the resurrection, Jesus walking on water, etc. And so, appearing on the scene in Europe at the same time the explorers were searching for new routes to the Spice Islands,A  to China and India, others were engaged in new scientific studies. Answer: A The sanctuary blueprints and full specifications for its construction were given to Moses by God. Answer: A The sacrificing of animals was necessary to help people understand that without the shedding of Jesus' blood, their sins could never be forgiven. Answer: A When a sinner brought a sacrificial animal to the door of the courtyard, a priest handed him a knife and a basin.
As our High Priest, Jesus gives us the power to live right in the present and in the future. A A What six sublime promises does the Bible give us about the righteousness offered to us through Jesus? The sprinkled blood (representing Jesus' sacrifice) was accepted by God, and the confessed sins of the people were transferred from the sanctuary to the high priest. Answer: A The Lord asked Moses to erect a sanctuary--a special building that would serve as a dwelling place for the great God of heaven.
A Brief Description of the SanctuaryThe sanctuary was an elegant, tent-type structure (15' x 45'--based on an 18-inch cubit) where the supernatural presence of God dwelt and special services were conducted. 12.A A What six sublime promises does the Bible give us about the righteousness offered to us through Jesus? See, in those situations and others like it, we can either say “why did you bring me out of that just to lead me into this?” Or we can say “the God who brought me out of that can surely bring me out of this too”. Have you ever experienced an miracle (with your finances, job, kids, house, career, relationships) that led to a surprising hardship? Baha'u'llah never visited Jerusalem, but His Firstborn Son 'Abdu'l-Baha (awb-dull baw-HAW) did.
Some believe that the Souls of the Prophets and Chosen Ones are not "human" and thus can "return". Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsa'i, the Shi'ite Muslim Seer who had visions and prophesied of the coming of The Báb, taught that the Souls of the Manifestations of God and the Chosen Ones were not human but Divine, and thus could "return" in every Dispensation. Do Bahá'ís believe that God is the Father of our spirits, and in a Heavenly Mother?
In the Lectures on Faith (once the "Doctrine" in the Book of Doctrine of Covenants, but removed from the D&C in 1904), Jesus is identified as the "Son of Jehovah".
6) Temple will be built in Jackson County, Missouri, before all those living in 1832 have died (no temple has been built by the LDS Church in Jackson County to date). The Faith has no "Priesthood" (meaning special class that stands between God and the Believer), but an "Administrative Order" to which both men and women belong except for the Universal House of Justice--the Governing Body of the Faith worldwide--which is all male. 3) God allows the Lamanites (dark races) to "utterly destroy" the Nephites (white race) exactly 400 years after Jesus visits them because the Nephites had become "proud of their skins" and because they had forgotten God and practiced "whoredoms" and became very nationalistic and militaristic and materialistic.
But 'Abdu'l-Baha refused to be known by the title of "Christ"; saying that He was only to be known by the title "Servant of Glory". The Man called "Adam"--apparently--was a special creation by God, and did not "evolve" nor was He born of a woman. When the year 1891 came and went, and Mormon leaders did not see "The Kingdom" being established, they concluded that the LORD had delayed His coming! The Sun becoming black is known as "The Dark Day" and that occurred on May 19th, 1780; when the Sun became black all over North American, and the Moon appeared blood red on that night. Next was a vision of the stars falling as thick and fast as late-ripening figs fall from a tree when shaken by a strong wind. According to Mormon writer Philo Dibble, Joseph prophesied (praw-feh-side) of the Night of the Falling Stars over a month beforehand. Such an event would certainly be very unusual and improbable to the natural man, and the skeptic wrote the words as a sure evidence to prove Joseph to be a false Prophet.
Clearly, Mormon leaders used to believe that the "signs in the heavens" (Sun becoming black as sackcloth, moon turning to blood, stars falling from heaven) had all occurred by the year 1833. Mormon leaders today see the "signs in the heavens" as something that has not yet occurred and will not occur until sometime in the unforeseen future. Also in that book, 'Abdu'l-Bahá said that the disciples "saw Christ living, helping and protecting them" after His death (SAQ 106-7).
The ascension of Christ into a cloud on the top of the Mount of Olives was not a "physical" event. According to the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the dead exist in a "Bardo" (trasitional) body for 49 days after death, and this Bardo body has all the wounds and scars of the recently dead physical body. 1 And as they went on their journey, they came in the evening to the river Tigris, and they lodged there. 2 And when the young man went down to wash himself, a fish leaped out of the river, and would have devoured him. 4 To whom the angel said, Open the fish, and take the heart and the liver and the gall, and put them up safely.
Even if a physical body can be raised from the dead (such as Lazarus), physical bodies always turn back into dust. The Holy Writings do not tell us "why" these "satanic deeds" retard the progress of the soul, nor do the Writings tell us "why" some people are "apparently" born homosexual. Some have speculated that the phrase "do not go beyond two" means do not divorce more than once. Polyamists who wish to become Baha'is are told not to divorce or abandone their wives, but they are forbidden to take additional wives once they become Baha'is. Believers who cannot abide by the Ordinances are not "Baha'is" but Hypocrites and should resign from the Faith. 6* Teaching the Faith to Non-Believers either by becoming a Pioneer or a Travel-Teacher or appointing a deputy to teach on our behalf.
8* Going on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Shrines if you can afford to and are in good health and you are over the age of 15 but under the age of 70.
9* Fasting during the daylight hours during the the Baha'i month of 'Ala (19 days) if you are in good health, not traveling, not pregnant, over the age of 15 and under the age of 70.
Baha'is are encouraged to attend a 19-Day Feast with other Believers on the first day of every Baha'i month, but this is not obligatory.
Baha'is have a "Christmas" like celebration that lasts for 4 or 5 days (February 26th to March 1st) which are called "Ayyam-i-H´" ("The Days of H") where presents are exchanged. There is a Baha'i Pilgrimage Rite to the Holy Shrines (tombs) of The Bab and Baha'u'llah in the Holy Land. All Mormons who have been through the Endowment Ceremony know that there are "four marks" on the veil. I believe Joseph Smith was an inspired Seer who was preparing his Holy Order to "recognize" Baha'u'llah when He appeared, and used symbols from the Masonic Lodge to do this. Baha'is are not required to believe that The Book of Mormon is historical, or even an inspired parable. I bear you my testimony that I believe that Joseph Smith was an inspired Seer who prophesied of Baha'u'llah in the capacity of a Seer. You are invited to attend a Public Information Meeting (called a "Seekers Meeting" or a "Fireside" or a "Devotional") about the Faith near your home. Please return this booklet to the Believer who gave it to you so other Seekers may read it. Every marriage must rely on trust - and likewise in our union with Christ, we must remain faithful to Him and His Word.
Answer: A Yes, it is widely known that there is only one church which claims to be the mother church--the great Roman Catholic Church. Answer: A They are some of the churches which originally protested the false teachings of mother Babylon and left her during the great Protestant Reformation. Answer: A Amazingly, some of the most prominent doctrines of Protestantism today are not found in the Bible at all.
Find the people who keep God's commandments, have the faith of Jesus, and are preaching the three angels' messages worldwide, and join them (Revelation 14:6-12). A frog captures its prey with his tongue, which may symbolize the counterfeit gift of tongues that is sweeping the world today. Before the ancient kingdom of Babylon was captured by the Median general Darius, the water of the river Euphrates, which passed underneath the walls of the city, was diverted into a man-made lake bed. Answer: A Bible predictions of things to happen in the future confirm the inspiration of Scripture as they come to pass. Answer: A The changed lives of those who follow Jesus and obey Scripture constitute the most heartwarming proof of Bible inspiration. Answer: A The Old Testament predictions of the Messiah to come were so specific and so clearly fulfilled by Jesus of Nazareth that both Jesus and Apollos used these prophecies to prove to the Jews that Jesus was, indeed, the Messiah. Answer: A A person who accepts the Word of God will soon know the answers to many complex challenges that secular scholars will never figure out. God, who has always existed and knows everything, shares the above three truths with us, recognizing that we could never figure them out on our own.
A What crucial world happenings have brought the power and appeal of the Bible into sharp focus?
Answer: A The failure and collapse of communism and the weakening and inconsistency of the theory of evolution have spotlighted the Bible.
Robert Gentry's book Creation's Tiny Mystery has unsettled many evolutionists with its apparent, clear evidence of instant creation.
Bright people who can understand and explain virtually anything are often quickly stopped in their tracks when they read the Bible. The overwhelming majority of so-called errors in the Bible have been demonstrated to be simply errors of judgment or lack of understanding on the part of those who make the complaint.
1.Robert Gentry's book Creation's Tiny Mystery has unsettled many evolutionists with its apparent, clear evidence of instant creation. Eddy who have taken it upon themselves to assume in their biographies that they know what Mrs.
Eddy states that a€?Christian Science and Christian Scientist will, must have a history.a€? (Misc.
The Bound Volumes of the Christian Science Sentinel and Journal are gems to our healing work today. Eddy had preachers like all churches but then personality took over and preachers started preaching from the standpoint of their personality and worship so Mrs. Reading straight from the books allows for no mistakes or human personality and maintains the purity of the Christ Science. This means that to mark your book you need markers for the particular size of books you have, chalk and chalk holder plus an eraser.
If you were in pain would you like to wait till the practitioner was through with his day job before you get relief from pain.
Eddya€™s answer about paying a practitioner from her writing in Rudimental Divine Science page 23.
Neither can they serve two masters, giving only a portion of their time to God, and still be Christian Scientists.
Teachers hold class once a year where they explain more about how to heal as Christ Jesus did. Standards in Christian Science are to live a loving Christian life proving Goda€™s great love for man. Teachers hold class once a year where they explain more about how to heal as Christ Jesus did.A  The teacher that God has chosen for you is like a marriage.
No longer were men and women content to simply trust the traditional explanations for what seemed to drive the universe around them. The magnetic compass and astrolabe and new maps were enabling ships captains to better navigate the uncharted waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He then continued his studies at the University of Bologna (Italy) where he met scholars who challenged Aristotle's traditional cosmologya€”that the earth was at the center of the universe known as geocentrism. It was thought to be genuinely a€?Christiana€? and a€?biblical.a€? Brahe came up with a variation of an earth-centered model that was satisfactory to many. He disagreed with the Copernican idea that the planets travel in circular routes around the earth.
He heard of a new spyglass that had been invented in the Netherlands and set out to build his own. The Jesuits saw in his teaching the worst consequences for the Church of Rome--they would be seen to have been in error and that their interpretation of the Bible was in error! There were others before and since, but whenever the topic of science and Christianity is discussed, Galileo usually is introduced into the argument as the primary example of one who proved the Church wrong.


He is credited with being the first researcher in the Western world to describe in exact and correct detail the circulatory system of the human body and the process used by the heart in pumping blood around within the body.
At the funeral, his coffin was carried by three earls, two dukes, and the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain. If the planets revolve around sun in elliptical orbits, and all at different rates of speed and tracking different pathways, how is it that this is all so orderly? Everything tells us mathematically, said Newton, that once on a trajectory, the planets they should continue on out in a straight line, like an arrow or a missile, and never return. He concluded that the same force that drew the apple downward was the same force that kept the planets and the earth in orbit -- gravity.
He discovered the law of gravitation, formulated the basic laws of motion, developed calculus, and analyzed the nature of white light.
This theory explained quite fully everything from the movement of the planets through the skies, to the movements of the tides, to the velocity of falling objects--and more. The design of the eye required a perfect understanding of optics, and the design of the ear required a knowledge of sounds.
He believed history was under the dominion of the Creator, and prophecy showed how the Creator was to establish His earthly kingdom in the end. He believed Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world, but he did not believe He was very God. Whatever forms of government the nations had used to govern, it seemed to the new thinkers that inevitably they always resulted in war.
The so-called Enlightenment began in the late 17th century and continued through most of the 18th century.
In other words, what can be known about God, about eternity, about spiritual laws and commandments, can be discovered through human reason using the tools of the scientific method.
The Reformation questioned the traditional beliefs, teachings, and authority of the Roman Church. A deist is one who believes in a God who created the universe, wound it up like a clock, and then walked away from it, allowing it to operate on its own under fixed laws. The common people of Europe knew and cared little about the philosophers who could sit around and debate natural laws: a€?We have to work for a living!a€? There were also great ministers and Christian theologians, especially in England and Scotland, who challenged the conclusions of the new thinkers.
It was more or less an undercover exchange of ideas within the context of an absolute French monarchy that was generally opposed to the ideals being discussed by the philosophes. Some were committed to the basic truths of the Bible but knew that something other than absolutism had to be embraced (whether absolutism in government or the Roman Church) if God-given individual rights were to be set free. Although he did not fully develop his ideas concerning government, the later philosophes claimed Descartes as their forerunner.
The most fundamental idea of Montesquieu was the idea that all men are prone to evil and men with power are exceptionally prone to evil. For in his day, Rome was enamored with absolutism--especially if the Roman Church was in charge or if one of its hand-picked monarchs was on the throne. Montesquieu was widely read by the American colonists and was the most frequently quoted author in the letters and books of colonial writers in the period 1740-1780. Her belief system greatly impacted his view of government and faith, and he saw no reason why she should be suppressed and censored because of her beliefs. If we can tame the natural world, then we can do the same with government, society and culture. Thomas Jefferson picked up on these ideas from Montesquieu and championed the idea that in the new America only the educated should be given the right to vote and to serve in public office. There is no one system that fits all, he concluded, BUT whatever form of government is used, it MUST grant freedom to all of its citizens. He advocated religious freedom for all and the guarantee of civil liberties, fair trials and freedom of thought and speech. There he learned to admire the freedoms that the English enjoyed under the parliamentary monarchy, where, he said, "The English, as a free people choose their own road to heaven.
He distrusted a democracy as much as a despotic king, because mob rule, to Voltaire, was as despotic as one-man rule. What he soon finds is hardship, disappointment, and treachery everywhere as part of the human condition.
That it occurred is an indication of to Voltaire of Goda€™s indifference towards mankind and perhaps even his cruelty.
The true God of heaven was suppressed by the false gods created by religions--especially the Roman Catholic Church. Of all the philosophes, Diderot was the most outspoken critic of all religion, not simply because of the arguments raised by Voltaire and others, but simply because he believed that human reason excelled all forms of human religion. She did so in exchange for his willingness to sell to her his extensive and expensive art collection, something needed, she felt, if Russia was to enter the 19th century as an enlightened nation of Europe. As suggested by Locke earlier, both the rulers and those ruled should live by means of a social contract.
His trust in the general will of the majority to do and to rule in a good fashion was viewed as extremely idealistic. They valued the concept that all men were created in the image of God with certain innate, inalienable rights. Each person enters the world as a blank page, a tabula rasa, but as each grows older his or her experiences in life shape their personalities. Second was a mana€™s right to work his property and to own and control what he makes from it. This was an excuse, per Locke, to justify some men ruling over other men without their consent. One of his important works was the defense of the Christian faith in his work, On the Reasonableness of Christianity (1695). Written during the English Civil War (1642-1651), Leviathan presented an absolute monarchy as the only hope to prevent mankind from self-destruction. In this system the government controlled production of goods, the pricing of goods, setting of tariffs and taxes to control the flow of goods in and out of the country, and in general controlled most aspects of the economy. If the government allows its citizens to use personal greed in production and in buying and selling, it will motivate towards great economic progress. The most healthy and prosperous economies, said Smith, would be those were government takes its hands off of the economy. Investors will purchase stock to enable the producer to even further invest in machinery, workers, and research and development.
When Thomas Paine moved to France from America, where, complained, the new nation was too religious, he joined them. While many of the concepts of Locke and Montesquieu helped shape the new government that was created in the United States of America, the message of the philosophes in France created an increasing agitation that led to the French Revolution and to the European revolutions of 1848.
So heavily involved were ministers in this movement towards American independence, that the resulting war between Great Britain and America was called a€?the Presbyterian Revolta€? in the Parliament of England. Music in England and Germany tended to strengthen the spiritual dimensions of culture and inspired people to faith. It resulted in new musical forms: polyphonic music, the opera, the ballet, the oratorio, the symphony, and compositions where instruments accompanied vocal music. He was troubled by the worldly attitudes of many Lutherans, by the wide-spread reliance upon infant baptism as a guarantee of salvation, and by the seeming coldness of many towards private communion with God. Any idea that unaided human reason could arrive at absolute truth, or that mankind could achieve harmony and a just society apart from God, were ludicrous for Spener. He began to advocated communal living and taught that the community was more important to onea€™s spiritual and emotional development than even the nuclear family. Many resettled in other areas of Germany, but many settled in the new colony of Pennsylvania in English America.
He was among the first 29 persons to be inducted in 1900 into the Hall of Fame of Great Americans.
Edwards son-in-law, David Brainard, became a missionary to the native Americans in New England. Because he had no funds, he entered Oxford University as a sevitor, or student of the lowest rank who earned his tuition by serving the needs of tuition-paying students. There he met the two brothers, Charles and John Wesley, and together with them formed the Methodist movement within the Anglican Church, which later separated and became the Methodist Church. And on another occasion when Whtiefiled urged the immense crowd to give financially to the spread of the Gospel, Franklin emptied his wallet! He once admitted to Whitefield that, a€?You have almost persuaded me!a€? Franklin once remarked that after Whitefield had preached in Philadelphia, Franklin walked through the streets and almost everywhere heard families in their homes singing psalms.
Together with his brother Charles he framed an outline of Christian disciplines, which, if followed, could lead a person into a deeper, more intimate relationship with Christ. Upon returning home, however, they both realized a deep emptiness in their hearts, and spoke about this with a Moravian in England who was waiting for a ship to sail to Georgia.
They are still sung today and remain to form far more vibrant ideas than anything written by their contemporaries, the French philosophes. The walls were made of upright acacia (wooden) boards, set in silver sockets and overlaid with gold (Exodus 26:15-19, 29).
The Bible teaches that everything in the sanctuary or connected with its service was a symbol of something Jesus would do in saving us. They were a copy of the original sanctuary in heaven, which was the pattern for Moses' sanctuary.
The laver, located between the altar and the entrance of the sanctuary, was a large washbasin made of brass. Jesus' death as our sacrificial lamb and substitute, and His continual powerful ministry as our heavenly Priest, accomplish two incredible miracles for us:a€?a€?A. This righteousness, which is miraculously accomplished for me and in me by Jesus, is the only true righteousness that exists. Once each year, on the day of atonement, a solemn day of judgment took place in Israel (Leviticus 23:27). He then transferred these confessed sins to the scapegoat, which was led into the wilderness (Leviticus 16:16, 20-22). That day's services pointed to the blotting out of sin by the real High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary. The altar of burnt offerings where animals were sacrificed was located in the courtyard, just inside its entrance (Exodus 27:1-8). Jesus' death as our sacrificial lamb and substitute, and His continual powerful ministry as our heavenly Priest, accomplish two incredible miracles for us:A. How could Bahá'u'lláh be the Spirit of Truth, or Holy Ghost, when the Holy Ghost must remain a Spirit or He cannot dwell in us? Do Bahá'ís believe that Jesus will return as well be descending from a cloud and landing upon the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem? Do Bah´'ís believe they can become Gods and Goddesses and create their own planets and rule over them as Mormons do? However, according to the Holy Qu'ran (which we believe is the infallible Word of God), the Mo'men (Faithful) shall inherit "Gardens of Eden" with rivers flowing underneath, and be "wed" and have their Mo'men (Faithful) relatives and children with them, recliding upon thrones, eating delicioius fruits, drinking delicious nectar, and being served by Hooreezz (female servants) and Ghoollawmzz (male servants) for all eternity.
Do Bahá'ís believe that they will beget spirit-children in the Afterlife as Mormons do? Not even the Manifestations of God can enter the Realm of the Essence of God (ALLÁH). Do Baha'is believe in a literal Hell where the Sun burns our skin and there are demons which torment us for all eternity?
The place where wicked men ("demons") kill, rape, steal, injure, deceive, oppress the poor, and use us as pawns for their wars.
The Holy Writings do mention the Spiritual Realms (listed above), and there are four of them; two or three that human souls can access "if" the Holy Spirit transforms their human souls into angelic souls (Malakut), or powerful souls (Jabarut), or Divine Souls (Lahut). How can the Qur'an be true when it says that God has no consort (wife) and no Son, and the New Testament calls Jesus the "Son of God"?
But, today, Mormon leaders teach that Jesus is Jehovah incarnate; the opposite of what Joseph Smith taught. But The Brethren (Mormon leaders) have taught us that Jesus is the Son of God the Father, not the Son of the Holy Ghost. They were "less valiant" in the pre-earth 'War in Heaven' when they fought as spirits against Lucifer. Do Bahá'ís believe that Hell is a literal place and that Satan is a literal being?
The "House" is not a building, but a council of nine men elected by Baha'i delegates every five years.
Do Bahá'ís believe that a black skin is a sign of a curse of God as Brigham Young and other Mormon leaders taught from 1848 until 1978? Do I have to believe that Joseph Smith was an inspired Seer in order to become a Bahá'í? Most Bible scholars believe that The Book of Jonah (Jonah and the Whale), The Book of Job (which is an ancient poem), and The Book of Esther are not "historical" but "inspired stories".
At that time, the white race of the Americas will be--like the Nephites in The Book of Mormon--a very small minority.
Again, this view is a Personal Belief, and in no way, shape, or form is it to be considered Accepted Doctrine in the Faith. Do Bahá'ís believe that the Garden of Eden Story is literal history, or do they believe in divinely-guided Evolution?
One school of thought says that Adam was an Angel with an ethereal body who, upon eating material fruit, became "mortal" like us. Could the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also be a Living Prophet? Today, Mormon leaders declare that "The Church" and "The Kingdom" mean the very same thing! Shoghi Effendi (shaw-khee ef-fen-dee), the grandson of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, and the infallible Guardian of the Faith, spoke of the "New World Order" replacing the "Old World Order". A few Christians, the Seventh-day Adventists, and a few others, believe they already have occurred.
First the earth shook mightily--this was commonly called the Lisbon earthquake of November 1, 1755. Early Mormon leaders believed that "The Church" was set up to "prepare the way" for "The Kingdom"; which would be established somewhere on earth in the year 1891.
If Jesus' physical body was never raised, then why was the tomb empty, and why did Jesus show His wounds to Thomas, and how could Jesus eat fish and honeycomb after His death?
According to an ancient Christian Gospel called The Gospel of Peter, several hours before the disciples came to the tomb and found it empty, two "men in white" appeared at the tomb and removed the physical body of Jesus. Perhaps this is why Jesus still had wounds in His hands, feet, and side, that He showed to Thomas.
We obey Baha'u'llah because He is the Spirit of Truth, and we believe He is from God and God knows better than we do. As long as a Baha'i keeps his or her private sexual life absolutely private then that is between them and God.
Perhaps new translations will contain clues as to why some people are born gay (or feel they are born gay), and why even the most "loving" monogamous homosexual relationships are still damaging to the soul. Under the Holy Law in the time of Christ polygamy was allowed, and this was true under the dispensation of Muhammad; Who had eleven wives and authorized Muslims to take up to four wives. Others speculate it means that if a wife becomes barren or goes insane, a man can marry again without giving up his legal responsibilities to his first wife (such as providing for her care).
Also, they must teach their children that Baha'u'llah has forbidden plural marriage (except perhaps in very rare cases---which cases will eventually be decided by the Universal House of Justice). The Believers do not celebrate any holidays except for the Nine Holy Days, and Christmas is not one of them. The Arabic letter "H" (Ha) is the fifth letter, and there are 4 or 5 days in Ayyam-i-Ha; 4 in regular years, and 5 in leap years. Most Baha'i parents encourage their children to study other religions, and make up their own mind what religion they wish to be; instead of blindly following the religion of their parents.
These include the reciting of specific prayers at specific times and places and the circummabulation (i.e. Do Baha'is really believe that the Endowment Ceremony as authored by Joseph Smith points to Baha'u'llah? How can you believe that Joseph Smith was a true Seer when science had proven that American Indians have no Jewish DNA, and that Joseph Smith lied about being a polygamist? He was arrested and brought before the Jewish Council (Sanhedrin), and was asked if he was a Christian. But I do beleive it is an inspired prophetic parable; like the Book of Jonah or the Bhagavad Gita.
Is there "one book" that Seekers can read and pray about in order to discover if the Bahá'í Faith is true or not? The Holy Writings do mention the Spiritual Realms (listed above), and there are four of them; two or three that human souls can access "if" the Holy Spirit transforms their human souls into angelic souls, or powerful souls, or Divine Souls. After years of bitter animosity punctuated by military conflict, an Arab nation and a Jewish nation embraced each other with promises of peace. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, before his death, was unable to provide the security and permanent peace which has eluded Israel since the days of Abraham. Some tremendous prophecies are found in that book, most of them concerned with saving the embattled remnant group of faithful followers of Jesus Christ. They base their belief upon the prophecies found in Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, etc., regarding Israela€™s restoration and final triumph. Were the promises transferred to that other a€?nationa€? to whom Jesus said the kingdom would be given? By applying this principle to the Old Testament Scriptures there is absolutely no confusion as to the place of Israel in prophecy and history. But in a secondary sense they pointed forward to a larger spiritual fulfillment on a worldwide level. They simply were transferred to the true spiritual Israel, which is the church, made up of all true believers in Christ.
Several chapters (40-48) are devoted to the precise measurements and physical appointments of that temple.
But the Bible principle is that there is a secondary, worldwide fulfillment which is not physical, but spiritual. The physical temple has now become the spiritual temple of the church, made up of Gentiles and all true believers.
Even Christ said to the Pharisees, a€?The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, (literal Israel) and given to a nation (spiritual Israel) bringing forth the fruits thereofa€? (Matthew 21:43). They were forced to worship an image and were rescued by someone from the east who dried up the river Euphrates to set them free. In the book of Revelation they are delivered from spiritual Babylon in connection with the battle of Armageddon.
They reveal that three powerful forces will be utilized by Satan in preparing the way for Armageddon. Rejecting the authority of Goda€™s law and choosing the easy traditions of pagan worship pattems, these combined ecclesiastical systems will wield a mighty influence in drawing all the world into the battle of Armageddon. The Scriptures picture it as the final decisive struggle which climaxes the age-long war between Christ and Satan. As the adversary, whose self-seeking caused him to be cast out of heaven, Satan declared his purpose to overthrow God and take over His universal government.
To subvert the worship of Goda€™s subjects to himself it would seem both natural and necessary for Satan to build his appeal around religion. He said, a€?I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.a€? Why did he say that? Now we understand why Satan wanted to sit on the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. Six hundred years before Christ was born, the pagan kingdom of Babylon was the great enemy of Goda€™s people. Thus, we read in the book of Revelation about spiritual Israel (the church) being oppressed by a€?a€?Babylon the Greata€™a€™ (Revelation 17:5, 6). The immediate fulfillment is always literal and local, but the last-day fulfillment reaches worldwide and has a spiritual application only.
Just as Cyrus was called the a€?anointed onea€? and a€?the righteous man,a€? so Jesus was designated by the same titles.
God and Christ, the true Kings of the east, will burst upon this world at the midnight of mana€™s extremity.
Their eyes are fixed on the east all right, but on the Middle East where hate-filled sons of Abraham try to destroy each other with American and Soviet weaponry. Years ago a similar alliance was formed and God appraised it in these words: a€?Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion. To such He will provide deliverance from every enemy through the conquering kings of the east.
Demons, fallen angels and Satan himself must flee in terror before the authority of a Christ-filled life. Many will reason that Christa€™s obedience has been imputed to them, and therefore they need not be concerned about the works of the law. Clothed in the armor of His righteousness, the saints will prevail even in the face of a death decree. Revelation speaks about the true bride of Christ, but there is another woman who is trying to seduce believers away from God's Word. She is seated upon a scarlet-coloured beast, which has seven heads and 10 horns and sits on many waters. We learned in Study Guide 20 that this pure woman symbolizes God's pure church which is faithful to her lover, Jesus. But the Lord confounded their languages, and the resultant confusion was so great they were forced to halt construction.
But, later, they began to mimic the principles and actions of the mother and thus became fallen themselves.
These three powers: Non-Christian religions and governments, Roman Catholicism, and apostate Protestantism will become allies in Armageddon--the final war against God, His law, and His loyal followers.
Spiritism--the belief that the dead are alive and can contact the living--will be the tenet which will weld all together. They have been brought into the Protestant churches by the mother church of Rome, who received them from paganism. In fact, he and his demons will pose as holy angels and as devoted Christian clergymen (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
When tempted by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus repeatedly quoted Scripture (Matthew 4:1-11). God's end-time appeal is symbolized by a mighty angel whose power is so great that the entire world is lightened with God's truth and glory. They are called kings of the east because that is the direction from which heavenly beings approach the earth. Many of the churches comprising Babylon have stood strong, tall, and loyal to Jesus in the past.
The 10 toes of the image of Daniel chapter 2 and the 10 horns of the monster beast of Daniel chapter 7 symbolized the 10 kingdoms of Europe. Please remember that miracles, including the gift of tongues, prove only one thing--supernatural power. In fact, the prophet Isaiah symbolizes Lucifer at the time of his fall from heaven as the king of Babylon (Isaiah 14:4, 12-15). This diversion permitted Darius' army to capture the city at night by entering from underneath the walls through the empty riverbed. The false prophet represents apostate Protestantism centred in America, which will take the lead in urging and influencing worldwide worship of the beast (see Study Guide 21).Non-Christian religions and apostate Protestantism will join the papacy as allies in the final war against God and His followers. Note: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics tried communism, atheism, and also evolution, which is Marxism's number one tenet. These early workers proved in their lives what they had learned in how to heal with the comforter. History in Christian Science is important because it tells us where we have been and where wea€™re going in our healing work. And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days, Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. We are a church of a€?Laya€? people meaning that we are a€?alla€? students of Christian Science.
Eddy wrote the by-law that the only preachers in a Christian Science church would be The King James Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. In staying close to your books you will learn the different books of the Bible as you mark and the different chapters in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
Eddy states, a€?No copies from my books are allowed to be written, and read from manuscripts, either in private or in public assemblies, except by their author.a€? (Misc. Manual that states the Journal and Sentinel are to be part of the service although they are considered organs of the church.
But if you are a member of another church and want to advance in your healing work in Christian Science then you will want to dissolve your membership with that church and become a member of a Christian Science church.
It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.a€? There is constructive and destructive criticism. Christians Scientist who want to remain close to their books mark their books each week in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and the King James Bible.
They are mankinda€™s achievements as we attempt to fulfill Goda€™s command to subdue the earth and have control over it -- germs, bacilli, water, weather, steam, fire and all the other resources that God has so graciously given to us. But an increased interest in astronomy to further assist navigation also resulted in a re-thinking of astronomy itself. Medieval theologians embraced the teaching that the earth was the center of the solar system, proof that humankind was the center of God's attention.
He proposed a model in which the eartha€™s moon and the sun revolved around the earth, while the planets revolved around the sun. His mathematical calculations convinced him that the planets moved in elliptical orbits around the sun. Man, created in Goda€™s image, said Bacon, has the responsibility to observe Goda€™s creation and learn from it and learn about it. Behind all his science was the conviction that God made the universe with a mathematical structure and He gifted human beings' minds to understand that structure.
His Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended used astronomical data to argue that the Bible was the oldest document in the world and that the events of Biblical history preceded all other ancient histories.
Newton believed the Athanasian creed and the doctrine of the Trinity diminished the sovereign dominion of the Almighty and corrupted the purity of the church for centuries. The lives of common people were turned upside-down, agriculture and industry destroyed, and all of Europe involved in military buildup. The Enlightenment, or Age of Reason, questioned the traditional ideas about how to discover truth and how to live together in harmony on earth. Some of the philosophes were skeptics, questioning much of everything, including Christianitya€™s basic claims. He also concluded that not only religious people can do this but all can engage in it, hence, religion is not necessary to harmony in society.
Here the nobles are great without insolence, and the people share in the government without disorder" (Voltaire, Letters on the English, 1733). In the end, these events do not seem to achieve any apparent good except to point out clearly the cruelty and folly of mankind and the apparent indifference of the natural world and its God. However, he also predicted that Newtona€™s law of gravity would eventually (within one century) overthrow Christianity as it was then known and practiced. He advocated allowing children to set their own agendas in school and granting them freedom to study what was of interest to them. In his own personal life, Rousseau had four children by his live-in a€?wifea€? who bore him four children. This was in opposition to the Calvinism of Geneva with its twin doctrines of original sin and predestination. Every person, if allowed to live a life of freedom, has the innate ability and capacity to reach perfection here on earth and to share that perfection with his or her fellow humans! The duty to preserve onea€™s life is so strong that he neither has the right to end his own life or to subject his life to slavery. As creatures of God each person has the capacity to take charge of their own destiny and can regulate and improve their situation in life. However, he did not say that a man could amass property without limits or to the hurt of others. The king and queen would be subject to the input, the laws, and the regulations of those who they governed.
His view of government, therefore, called for a strong central government necessary to thwart mindless revolts.
Although Austria was a Roman Catholic country and Vienna was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, the Zinzendorfs had converted to Lutheranism. His father was an official in the government of Saxony but died several weeks after Nikolausa€™ birth. The American War for Independence was heavily impacted by the Great Awakening, and whatever impact the French philosophes and the Enlightenment had on American thinking, it was greatly tempered by Edwards, the Wesleys, and George Whitefield. They later parted company with the Moravians because they rejected the a€?quietisma€? emphasized by the Moravians.
The hymns emphasized the free grace of God expressed through the death and resurrection of Jesus, emphasized the personal relationship that the Christian is intended to enjoy with God through Christ, and those practices of the Christian life that Methodism developed. But most people don't know that at the same time, the Lord gave Moses the blueprints for one of the most mysterious structures ever built - the sanctuary. This means we cannot fully comprehend the plan of salvation until we understand the symbolism connected with the sanctuary. Between these angels was the mercy seat (Exodus 25:17-22), where the supernatural presence of God dwelt. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. In this manner, the sanctuary was cleansed of the sins of the people, which had been transferred there by the blood sprinkled before the veil and had been accumulating for a year.
Through His shed blood applied to those written in the book of life, Christ would confirm the decisions of His people to serve Him eternally. I grew up in Africa, married an American, we adopted a Haitian and later had two princesses with the coolest hair ever.
Mormons believe that "One Day" the Holy Ghost will live a mortal life on Earth in order to gain a physical body. Baha'u'llah road horses since before He could walk, and His legs became very bowed; making walking difficult.
He is the Incarnation of the Holy Ghost Who dwelt "in" Jesus from His baptism to the Cross.
Tahirih, the first female follower of The Báb, claimed to be the "return" of Fatimah, the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad.
He taught that if a Baha'i couple become "one" both physically and spiritually, and if both reached "an exalted state" of spirituality in this life, then they could achieve eternal union thoughout all the Worlds of God and their relationship with each other would be "everlasting". The Faith teaches there is only ONE GOD (as The Book of Mormon itself teaches); so men and women cannot become gods and goddesses. There is nothing in the Holy Writings about the begetting of children, spirit-children or otherwise, in the Afterlife.
All that is necessary is the "Baptism of Fire"; otherwise known as the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit". Most Baha'is view "Heaven" and "Hell" as "closeness to God" and "aloftness from God" and do not go beyond that. But no "Soul" no matter how powerful and exalted can ever enter the Realm of the Essence of God (Hehut); because only the Divine Essence can dwell in that Realm. Negroes will not hold the Priesthood or enter Mormon Temples until after the Mllennium is over then the Curse of Cain upon the Negro race shall be removed.
They are not Prophets nor Seers, but they are believed to be "unders the shadow" of Baha'u'llah. However, it is not accepted as Infallible Scripture; because it was written by a Seer, and not a Prophet. Many Bible scholars do not believe that the Garden of Eden story is "historical" but rather a "parable". How can the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Baha'i Faith BOTH be TRUE at the same time? Since the time of Moses no period of darkness of equal density, extent, and duration has ever been recorded. But men and women also have an "ethereal body"; which, at death, is released from the physical body like a bird is released from a cage. Because accounts of miracles can be faked; as is the case in India among some so-called "gurus" who use magicians tricks to deceive the ignorant. These deeds retard the progress of the soul in the Afterlife, and Baha'is are to avoid them.
However, if their private life becomes public knowledge, and they are found to be violating a Law of Baha'u'llah in regards to sexual conduct, they can have their Baha'i voting rights removed.
To avoid being killed he replied he was "a Pharisee, and the son of a Pharisee" (Acts ?????).
The answer to Israela€™s dilemma is clearly revealed in the fantastic prophecies of the Bible. The book of Revelation describes an alliance with some powerful defenders who finally destroy the oppressors of Israel and establish her in eternal security.
Those followers are sometimes referred to as the a€?tribes of Israela€? and spoken of in the context of Jewish customs. Otherwise, they would have inherited the earth, been delivered from all their enemies, and made Jerusalem the worship center for all nations. Or must we still put our faith in some future turnaround that will restore national Israel to the divine favor? Even though the local fulfillment failed when Israel failed to be faithful, the promises were never nullified or withdrawn. The Gentiles who will receive the true Messiah now enter into the New Covenant, ratified by the blood of the cross, and become the true spiritual Israel of God. And the things that will happen to the church spiritually were foreshadowed by what happened to ancient Israel in a literal sense. This is one reason the futurists and dispensationalists believe the book of Revelation pertains to the literal Jew in modem Israel. Within this broad outline there are scores of other astonishing similarities between the two Israelsa€”one literal and the other spiritual.
Those threea€”the beast, dragon and false propheta€”stir up the political powers of earth to take part in that war. The entire world is involved because the good and evil people are scattered among all nations of the earth. Working in the guise of counterfeit religious systems and false worship, he has woven a clever composite of truth and error down through the ages.
He saw unclean spirits going out to the kings of the earth, working miracles, and gathering them to Armageddon. This Babylon is not a physical kingdom but a counterfeit religious system manipulated by Satan. This drying up of support prepares the way for the a€?kings of the easta€? to come and deliver the people of God from the hand of Babylon.
Just as Goda€™s place in Zion was located in the a€?sides of the north,a€? so His approach is always referred to as from the east. The a€?kings of the easta€? are exactly the same as the armies of heaven in Revelation 19 who triumph over a€?the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armiesa€? (Verse 19). And he hath on his vesture and his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDSa€? (Revelation 19:14, 16). When the mark of the beast is being enforced and every human plan of escape has dissolved, Goda€™s faithful ones will be snatched from certain death.
What kind of travesty it would be to expect those political planners and militarists to fulfill the beautiful predictions of Isaiaha€™s a€?lion and lamba€? world of peace. But let no one still cling to the empty hope that this Israel has anything to do with Goda€™s true people. Let us take our eyes away from the oil fields and politicalintrigues of the east and fix them on the eastern skies, because it is from there that our true allies will save us. True faith produces full obedience, and therefore, true righteousness by faith includes sanctification as well as justification. If you do not have the sweet assurance of that spiritual protection now, puton His robe this very moment. The woman is astride the beast, which signifies that the church is in control of the state. What he presents as evidence for his side will seem so righteous, spiritual, and Jesus-like that nearly everybody on earth will be deceived and follow him (Matthew 24:24). Through His remnant people, God will tell the truth about the unbiblical nature of Babylon the great. She will become hopelessly drunk with her wine (identified as false doctrine in Revelation 18:5, 6). The founders were outstanding men of God who were searching the Bible diligently to discover all of its truth.
Sometimes, temporarily, evidence may not be found to substantiate certain historical facts from the Bible, but in time the evidence surfaces.


They chose just eight from the many available and finally decided the chances of all eight being fulfilled in one man in a lifetime is one in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Molecular biology's recent demonstration that the single cell is vastly complex makes the accidental origin of life in a single cell a mathematical absurdity. The deep things of the Word will never be understood by a secular mind, no matter how brilliant. The old articles in the Christian Science Journal and Sentinel are just as relevant today as they were in Mrs. Eddy states in her book Miscellany 181:2, a€?It is authentically said that one expositor of Daniela€™s dates fixed the year 1866 or 1867 of the return of Christ - the return of the spiritual idea to the material earth or antipode of heaven.
You want to keep mortal personality out of your talking and listening to God which is the reason photos of me will not be used on this website. She did not like personality worship because she did not like her own personality to be worshiped.
Eddy states, a€?God is Spirit; therefore the language of Spirit must be, and is, spiritual. As you read the Lesson Sermon you can read more than just the citations but you can read around the citation to get a clearer view of why this citation was chosen, who is speaking and was this a person in the Old or New Testament.
Also in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal The ABCa€™s Of E-Reading talks about that at the moment the page numbers on these E-Readers is not there.
Scripture is read along with the quiet simple Truth of Science and Health with Key to the Scripture by Mary Baker Eddy. By that it is meant that you cannot advance if the teachings of another denomination are the opposite of what you are learning in Christian Science. Also in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal The ABCa€™s Of E-Reading talks about that at the moment the page numbers on these E-Readers is not there.A  a€?Page numbers are a problem for e-books, since the number of words on a virtual page depends on the size of the screen and type.
Leta€™s look at the definition of church in the S&H Glossary on page 583.A  Does it say anything about a€?traditional ceremoniesa€?? Chinese and Arab insights and discoveries often suggested new explanations for natural phenomena.
The telescope, first produced in the Netherlands and improved by Galileo in Italy, led to the discovery and confirmation of the new way to conceive of our solar system--heliocentrism (literally: a€?sun-centereda€™).
He was the first to discover the moons of Jupiter, the first to see spots on the sun, the first to realize that the Milky Way is made up of a myriad of stars and to suggest that the moon is mountainous.
If something is empirically true, it has been proven to be so through the senses, through experimentation and testing. Man is to trust God for new insights and new revelations about Himself and his created universe. They remain in motion due to an immense force that set them into motion and, they remain in their course because of a law that holds them in orbit. Therefore, onea€™s religious beliefs should not be the test of being a good, acceptable citizen. Corrupt government officials work hand in hand with dishonest clergy against the common people.
Violating his own stated ideal for children and the family, he required her to place them in homes for orphans.
Coupled with this was the notion that a nationa€™s economic health was directly measured by the amount of gold and silver it was able to accumulate. His mother requested Philipp Jakob Spener to serve as Nikolausa€™ godfather, and sent the child to live with her mother, who was a godly, pietistic Lutheran. It must have been important, because the Israelites could not enter the Promised Land until it was completed. This symbolized Goda€™s throne in heaven, which is likewise located between two angels (Psalms 80:1). When Adam and Eve sinned, they would have died at once except for Jesus, who stepped forward and offered to give His perfect life as a sacrifice to pay the death penalty for all people (Revelation 13:8). This ministry of the blood by the priest foreshadowed Jesus' present blood-ministry for us in heaven. This special judgment day, like that of Israel's Yom Kippur, foreshadowed the final atonement to be made for planet Earth. When the Bible says of Jesus that "He cometh with clouds" the meaning is not that He will come riding upon clouds in the sky, nor He will come on a cloudy day, but rather "He cometh (returns) with clouds (new bodies)". The Holy Qur'an says that the Mo'men (Faithful) will be "wed" and have their children with them, but we do not know if this means their earthly children will be with them in Paradise, or they will beget "new" children in Paradise. This comes not through any earthly ordinance, but from being born again via the Holy Spirit. In this View, "Heaven" are the Spirtiual Realms (Dimensions) and "Hell" is the Physical Realm (Dimension). The Name "Jehovah" is from the Hebrew Y-H-W-H (the pronunciation of these four Hebrew letters has been lost).
The Mormon term means "the divine authority of God to act in His name on Earth with the authority to perform saving ordinances and to preach the Gospel". The House meets in "The Seat of the Universal House of Justice" (which is a building) at the Baha'i World Centre in Haifa, Israel. Long after He said that, science had confirmed this truth: people with white skin came from climates with little sunlight, and people with dark skin came from climates with very strong constant sunlight.
Pro-Smithers and Anti-Smithers cannot discuss Joseph Smith or Mormonism with each other in the same room! In other words, the species known as "Man" once resembled bacteria, once resembled fish, once resembled Lemors, once resembled apes, but never "evolved" from these species.
Early Mormon leaders in Utah all declared that "The Church" and "The Kingdom" were two separate and district organizations, and that "The Church" was raised up to prepare the way for "The Kingdom".
They wandered about until night, when they found themselves at the house of this unbeliever, who exultingly produced this note of Joseph Smith's prophecy, and asked Brother Hancock what he thought of his Prophet now, that thirty-nine days had passed and the prophecy was not fulfilled.
This would emplain why the tomb was empty when Mary Magdalene, and later Peter and John, searched it. Repeated violations can mean being "declared" a Covenant-Breaker; which means official shunning by other Believers for life. The Universal House of Justice will one day make a "decision" on this matter, and it is believed they are "under the shadow" of the Holy Spirit; so their collective decision will be inspired of God. The Rite is for Baha'i Pilgrims only, but is is not secret as is the Mormon Endowment Ceremony. Does this mean that the literal nation of Israela€”the one which is fighting with tanks and bombsa€”will completely reverse itself and become Christians? It is true that the prophets painted glowing word pictures of Israela€™s future and recorded scores of promises about her authority over other nations. Because of continued patterns of rebellion, God allowed them to be decimated and scattered into Babylonian captivity for seventy years. In that same year the gospel began to go to the Gentiles, Stephen was stoned, and Paul went forth to begin his unique ministry to the non-Jews.
All those points will be completely clarified the moment we establish one basic rule of biblical interpretation. They will be honored, but only to that a€?nationa€? which Jesus said must replace the Jews as receivers of the kingdom.
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
It is apparent that those three are religious powers, at least in their claims, because they work miracles to impress the governments of the earth. Armageddon represents the all-out effort of Satan to destroy the people who dare to obey God in the face of threatened torture and death.
His masterpiece of deception will occur at the end-time when he works through the beast power to enforce a mark of loyalty on every person. The expression a€?mount of the congregationa€? is undoubtedly referring to the holy mount of Goda€™s dwelling place. These are religious forces working on the political rulers and influencing them to destroy Goda€™s faithful ones.
Goda€™s people are finally delivered from the power of spiritual Babylon by the drying up of the waters of the river Euphrates. Zechariah describes what takes place under this seventh plague as Armageddon reaches its climax.
They have been replaced by another nation, obedient and faithfula€”who have come from every kindred, tongue and people.
Those who would lay down their lives in death rather than disobey God will be the only ones who will refuse the mark of the beast.
Babylon's wine, which contains false teachings, disorients and benumbs those who drink it and makes them spiritually drunk.a€?a€?D.
He will doubtless use the Bible, as he did when tempting Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1, 11). He will make it clear that Babylon is presenting a false gospel (Galatians 1:8-12) which has opened the door wide for billions to be deceived and lost. And, most glorious of all, Jesus promises that His people who are yet in Babylon will hear and recognize His voice and come out to safety.
Combined with the supernatural power of the counterfeit gift of tongues and allied with the end-time worldwide coalition of churches, spiritism will sweep the globe. Satan's avowed aim is to conquer God, wipe out God's kingdom, and establish his own rebellious kingdom of Babylon universe-wide. Babylon's wine, which contains false teachings, disorients and benumbs those who drink it and makes them spiritually drunk.D.
Evolutionists will never know the age of the earth because it was created with apparent age, as were Adam and Eve. Telling it like it is gives people confidence the Bible can be trusted; it doesn't cover up. They dedicated their lives to God and Christian Science because each of them were healed in their own lives. In the We Knew Mary Baker Eddy series book three, Calvin Hill said this in an interview with Mrs. She ordained Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and The King James Bible as the only pastors. Christian Science attaches no physical nature and significance to the Supreme Being or His manifestation; mortals alone do this. Many times Ia€™ll see people reading from one of the magazines while the service is going on.
Wednesday night is testimony night, it good to have in thought what you would like to say if so moved to give a testimony of healing. Christian Science is Christian Science and it doesna€™t make you better in your own religion. Certainly you dona€™t ignore pain in the body any more than you ignore someonea€™s actions that are causing problems for themselves or others. Some of the first healings people may experience are the falling away of habits for coffee, tea, drink, and smoking.
If human reason coupled with the scientific method can discover the natural laws of the physical universe, why not the same for the spiritual world? Montesquieu attributed Polybius, ancient Greek philosopher, for many of his foundational principles.
Newtona€™s discovery completely overturned ancient superstitions, including those of the Roman Church. Dead formalism was replaced by excitement, enthusiasm, spiritual fervor, and individual commitment to Christ. This unique portable temple represented God's dwelling place among His people, and its services showed the nation of freed slaves a three-dimensional panorama of the plan of salvation. After Jesus died on the cross as our sacrifice for sin, He arose and went to heaven as our Priest to minister His blood in the heavenly sanctuary (Hebrews 9:11, 12). From the yearly type of the ancient day of atonement, all of humanity is assured that our faithful High Priest, Jesus, still mediates in heaven for His people and stands ready to blot out the sins of all who will exercise faith in His shed blood. So, He travelled by horse or by covered wagon called a "Hodah"; not traveling "on the earth (ground)".
Or, in other words, the WORD of God shall "return" with a new name and in a new body born of a woman.
However, there is a Being called "The Maid of Heaven" Who is identified as a Manifestation of the Holy Spirit Who was "begotten by the Spirit of Bahá". Those who walk the Path of Holiness are the most likely to be born again, but there is no rite or ritual or ordinance that makes one "born again". Most Baha'is do not speculate on what "Heaven" or "Hell" will be like; other than to say that "Heaven" will be pleasant and "Hell" will not be pleasant.
The Faith is not a "Church" and thus has no Gospel ordinances, and thus no need for a Priesthood to perform such ordinances. A black skin is not a sign of any curse by God, but rather a protection of the skin from the Ultra-violet rays of the Sun.
They preached sermons in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, in General Conference, all declaring that "The Kingdom" would be established somewhere on earth in the year 1891, and that it would start out very small, like a mustard seed, but eventually grow to include all nations on Earth. After midnight the darkness disappeared and the moon, when first seen, had the appearance of blood. Brother Hancock was unmoved and quietly remarked, There is one night left of the time, and if Joseph said so, the stars will certainly fall tonight. In other words, Jesus died and was buried and remains buried, but His disciples and teachings were "dead" for three days and nights, but became revived when Mary Magdalene told the disciples that while Jesus was dead, His Spirit still lived. She did so, and was soon pregnant with a girl-child who would later be the wife of 'Abdu'l-Bahá and the grand-mother of Shoghi Effendi. They actually intervene to deliver Israel during the war of Armageddon, described in the Bible as the final conflict to take place on this planet. Will they lay aside their Zionist ambitions to kill their attackers and espouse the peaceful principles of the Sermon on the Mounta€”the one about loving the enemy and turning the other cheek?
The occasion marked the formal and final separation of Israel from its covenant relationship.
Without this principle in mind no one can properly understand the books of Daniel and Revelation, nor can we identify the true Israel of today. Just as the Old Covenant was represented by the cutting off of the physical flesh, so the New Covenant would be exemplified by the cutting off of the fleshly nature of sin. Israel henceforth is Goda€™s people, made up of all those who accept the Saviour, whether Jew or Gentile. The explanation had been so clearly made in so many places that the New Testament writer assumed all were aware that the church now replaced national Israel. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Those who refuse the mark will be sentenced to death, and thus, the final obstacle will be removed for Satan to claim all creation as his followers.
Thus in the New Testament it no longer identifies an earthly location, but a peoplea€”the people of the church who are scattered throughout the world, or else the spiritual place of Goda€™s presence and protection. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddona€? (Revelation 16:14, 16).
Satan will marshall the kings of the earth and all the wicked people to oppose the faithful saints of God. Since Goda€™s people are scattered in every country, the entire earth is spoken of as being affected by the plagues, one of which is Armageddon. Cyrus came from the east and captured Babylon by diverting the Euphrates River, thus getting access under the water gates of the channel.
The kings of the east riding forth against a€?the kings of the eartha€? and of the whole world. Those garments symbolize the righteousness of Christ with which every soul must be arrayed who would be ready to meet the Lord.
Shattering the authority of sin in the life, it claims the merits and the power of Christa€™s life and atoning death. In fact, in Isaiah chapter 14 God uses Babylon as a symbol of Satan himself because Babylon was so hostile and devastating to God's work and His people.
Any church or organization that teaches and follows Babylon's false doctrines and practices could become a fallen church or daughter. Catholicism prays to Mary and other dead saints and believes these saints bless their followers with miracles.a€?a€?B. Satan's logic is so persuasive that it deceived one-third of the angels of heaven, Adam and Eve, and (at the time of the Flood) everybody on earth except eight people. God's countermovement is outlined in the great three angels' messages of Revelation 14:6-14, which we are examining in nine of the 27 Study Guides in this series. However, any church that teaches mother Babylon's false doctrines and follows her practices could become one of her fallen daughters. At present, he is using the counterfeit gift of tongues to weld together churches and religions of all kinds--including pagans and spirit worshipers. The New Age belief in spirit communication and reincarnation is simply old-time paganism in new garb. Catholicism prays to Mary and other dead saints and believes these saints bless their followers with miracles.B. A worldwide flood destroyed every living thing except the sea life and what was inside Noah's ark (Genesis 6, 7, 8). The couple were only one day old on their second day of life, but they appeared to be mature. The widely different ages now being assigned to the Grand Canyon layers by current scientific measurements, as opposed to those assigned previously, make evolutionists and their prior measurements seem reckless and irresponsible. Further, Satan's strategy is to convince people they are such great sinners God cannot or will not save them.
The Word of God, the language of spirit is just as powerful to heal today as it was in Christ Jesus time.
For example, recently a person reading the lesson from the full text Quarterly could never figure out why there werena€™t balloons and a band when Jesus came out of the grave. Remember God is everywhere filling all space so God can heal anywhere, anytime, in any place. Today there seems to be Christian Scientist who dona€™t want to face the pain of not attracting new members and so take down standards in church.
Because the Christians Science Service comes from each individuala€™s own inspiration and what they understand about God. Church Manual makes no provision in the list of services for such a€?traditional ceremoniesa€?.
A Practitioner is expected to pay their bills in a timely manner.A  Also paying a practitioner is being grateful for the help received. Today there seems to be Christian Scientist who dona€™t want to face the pain of not attracting new members and so take down standards in church.A  They call these a€?standardsa€?, tradition. We would have no plastics, no machinery, no cures for infection, no successful surgeries, we would walk everywhere, and have very limited knowledge about and communication with the rest of the world -- and even with communities that exist only 100-200 miles away! A careful look into the secrets of the sanctuary will crystallize your understanding of how Jesus saves the lost and leads the church. By slaying the animal with his own hand, the sinner was thus graphically taught that sin caused the innocent animal's death and that his sin would cause the death of innocent Jesus. The blood ministered by the earthly priest represents Jesus applying His blood to our record of sins in the sanctuary above, showing that they are forgiven when we confess them in His name (1 John 1:9).
There is no possible way for a person to become righteous by works (his own efforts), because righteousness requires miracles which only Jesus can accomplish (Acts 4:12). But if we are "born again" in this life, then at death the Spiritual Realms (which surround us unseen) became apparent to us. But Heaven and Hell are not "places" anymore than if we were dreaming we are on a beach in Hawaii and then say "I am on a beach in Hawaii" or if we are dreaming we are in a Siberian Ghulag and then say "I am in Siberia". Satan is real (our lower-nature is real), but just not just "one person" but rather our own "ego". Thos who adhere to this view believe the Gospel accounts of His resurrection are non-historical "parables" and never actually happened.
There are more miracles, including how 750 bullets severed the ropes which held The Báb bound in Tabriz, Iran, in 1850. You might compare Baha'i Houses of Worship to "Celestial Rooms" in Mormon Temples; where worshippers sit in silence and meditate in the hopes of receiving divine inspiration such as answers to prayers, etc. And finally, how is Israel delivered from her enemies by the drying up of the Euphrates River, as described in Revelation 16:12? Some modem commentators have made the mistake of applying those prophecies of restoration to some future gathering of Israel. The New Testament is saturated with the most explicit statements as to who the new Israel is. In other words, all who accept Christ and are born again are the truly circumcised and the only true Jews. The Old Testament imagery and terminology is still used, especially in the book of Revelation, but Israel is now the church.
That world-ending conflict is tied closely to the things we have just stated about spiritual Israel and a secondary application of prophecy. He would penetrate the very elect by his deceptions and take them, along with the throne of God. In Revelation 14:1 the redeemed are pictured as having been delivered from the beast power of the previous chapter and are safe in mount Zion.
The Lord will be involved in the battle (a€?The Lord shall roar out of Ziona€?), because He fights for His people. In this chapter Babylon the Great is pictured as sitting a€?upon many watersa€? (Revelation 17:1).
Anyone coming from the east had to angle north because of the impassable deserts, and come into Zion from that direction.
Spiritual Babylon and all the forces who followed her are destroyed by the King of kings who shall reign forever and ever.
This is a rebellious people, children that will not hear the law of the Lorda€? (Isaiah 30:3, 7, 9). So Babylon is a family name which embraces both the mother church and those of her daughters, who are also fallen. Non-Christian religions are virtually all based on belief in and worship of spirits of the dead.
These three fantastic messages expose and warn against Satan's lies and counterfeits and call people to worship God and obey Him, not only in spirit but in Bible truth as well. Our next Study Guide will describe God's end-time church so plainly that you cannot fail to recognize it. There would be no AIDS epidemic if this up-to-date Bible counsel were obeyed, nor would abortion be the international scandal that it now is. The atheistic theory of evolution that humans and apes came from common ancestors scorns the concept that people were created in the image of God. We are so precious to God that when Adam and Eve sinned, He gave His Son to die and pay the penalty for our sins so we could be free.
What joy sweeps over such people when they are shown Bible cases of people like them (and worse) whom God delivered from sin and justified (Romans 15:4)!
Check out the Reading Room where you can find the Christian Science Journals bound from the time of Mrs. Eddy statement, a€?No copies from my books are allowed to be written, and read from manuscripts, either in private or in public assemblies, except by their author.a€? (Misc. They want a quick fix by adding entertainment to the service or bring in bean bag chairs to sit on.A  Is this healing? But on this day the blood was taken into the most holy place and sprinkled upon and before the mercy seat (Leviticus 16:14).
His Spirit "overshadows" the Universal House of Justice; which is not a "building" but a "council" of nine men elected every five years.
Baha'i pilgrims had to wash and anoint themselves, done white clothing, take off their shows, and (because of assassination attempts) know certain "signs and tokens" before the veil was parted and they could enter His Presence. Take the example of David, who killed Uriah so he could hide his adultery with Uriah's wife--who bore King Solomon. Will the literal, fleshly descendants of Abraham turn en masse to the Messiah, be restored as a nation, and saved as a people? They refuse to see that the restoration spoken of by Isaiah and Jeremiah has already taken place. A most amazing parallel exists between what happened to ancient Israel and the events concerning spiritual Israel in the book of Revelation. And he gathered them together in a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddona€? (Revelation 16:12-16).
The waters are identified as people and nations who give support to the great Babylon harlot (false religion) who persecutes the true saints (Revelation 17:6). Only those who have trusted completely in the merits of Christa€™s sinless life and atoning death can triumph with Him over the forces of evil. The popes often wear the royal color of purple at important functions, and red is the color of the robes of Catholic cardinals.a€?C. The popes often wear the royal color of purple at important functions, and red is the color of the robes of Catholic cardinals.C. By about 40 different people (kings, shepherds, scientists, attorneys, an army general, fishermen, priests, and a physician). Nor will anything else answer life's great questions and bring peace to the hearts of our people. It denies the existence of God, totally disavows Jesus as Saviour, negates the Bible, and ridicules the truth of an eternal home in heaven. He wants to restore us to His image and then, shortly, take us back to Eden, the home Adam and Eve lost.
My personal letters and correspondence are kept so that if someone was to question a piece of my writing I then have the documentation to show in a court of law. We the workers of today are proving in our lives that Goda€™s word is power and Principle that heals. I have been studying your book, Science and Health, and your other writings for the past four years, and if what is said to me by one of your own students or by one of your studentsa€™ student is not backed up or verified by your writings, I take not stock in his statements, none whatever!a€? Mrs. Eddy knew that the Bible used in Germany was not the Kings James Bible so she did not specifically state in the C.S.
As a divine student he unfolded God to man, illustrating and demonstrating Life and Truth in himself and by his power over the sick and sinning.
Eddy made history and it is important to understand her in history, that isA  her place in prophecy. Just because a teacher has a high position in the Church doesna€™t make them a good teacher. Then they want to be cool and mimic other churches with their a€?new ageya€? saying,a€? I dona€™t judge, I just love.a€? These people dona€™t like the pain of seeing empty pews because they dona€™t want to face what needs healing. These healings are the more obvious.A  Every member in the Christian Science church is working on some kind of healing. And it indelibly impressed the sinner with the solemn reality of sin's awful consequences (eternal death) and the desperate need of a Saviour and a substitute. Only on this special judgment day did the high priest enter the most holy place to meet God at the mercy seat. The Unseen World has various Realms (Dimensions) but these are not "places" but "conditions".
The more in-tune with the Holy Spirit the Seeker is, the easier it will be for him or her to recognize this.
The seven heads of the beast (verse 3) upon which the woman is seated are seven mountains (verse 9). Apostate Protestantism believes that the dead are not dead but, rather, alive in heaven or hell.
Further, the true gifts of the Holy Spirit are never given to one who deliberately and knowingly disobeys God (Acts 5:32). Believe the Bible, and you will always be ahead of the speculation of secular scholars and the worldly-wise.
Men and even entire nations have burned, banned, and tried to discredit and destroy the Bible, but instead, they discredited themselves. Eddy stepped forward, placed her hand on my shoulder and patted it gently, saying, a€?My child, my child, my child, youa€™re safe, youa€™re safe, youa€™re safe!a€? Mrs. Human theories are inadequate to interpret the divine Principle involved in the miracles (marvels) wrought by Jesus and especially in his mighty, crowning, unparalleled, and triumphant exit from the flesh.
The answers to every problem is already there in the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scripture (MBE). There is no such thing as "place" in the Unseen World; the Spiritual Realms which surround us.
Joseph Smith formed the Endowment Cermony for his Holy Order which he planned to take with him to Palestine, so they would be prepared to meet "the Son of Man" when He came in "red apparel" in the year 1891.
Apparently, the word is rooted in the Hebrew term a€?har moed,a€? which means a€?mount of the congregationa€? or a€?mount of the assembly.a€? Do you see where this leads us?
It is well known that Rome, the world headquarters of the papacy, is built upon seven hills or mountains.
Eddy was challenged about who wrote her writings and she had the documentation for the court to see.
As the prophecies of these two last chapters refer chiefly to Eastern empire, while the little horn, chap.
Reid wrote and article in the 1897 October Journal titled a€?The Second Coming of Christa€?. Eddy had the opportunity at that point to correct him about who to look to or in Bible terms, who to a€?turn toa€?. But by all her writings and using over a thousand passages from the King James Bible, logic dictates the KIng James Bible is the Bible to be used as the Pastor. Evidence drawn from the five physical senses relates solely to human reason; and because of opacity to the true light, human reason dimly reflects and feebly transmits Jesus' works and words.
Look for patterns, such as Man's struggle to be free from an oppressor, whether it's Jews in Egypt or an oppressed diseased body. This statement alone could read a€?I dona€™t think, I just lovea€?.A  Does this statement mean we dona€™t a€?train up a child in the way he should goa€? as the Bible states?
That same term (har moed) was used by Satan when he said, a€?I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation.a€? This ties the battle of Armageddon to the original threat of Satan to capture and destroy the congregation of Goda€”in mount Zion. It is a miraculous enabling to fluently speak foreign languages previously unlearned and unknown by the speaker (Acts 2:4-12). Our aims for life today should be to discover the Bible's wonderful answers to life's puzzling problems and to accept Jesus' offer to restore us to His image (Romans 8:29). Is reliable and authoritative, not only in spiritual matters but also in other matters it addresses, including history and science. Although these modern day biographers books have some good quotes from the notes, you need to look at the books kind of like fiction. Always go back to your books, look up statements made by other people and read for yourself to get clarification. Also, in marking your books you contribute to not wasting paper having to buy a full text quarterly each month or printing the lesson from the computer. I had a friend who could not join a church because she had the thought that these members were perfect as mortals and she had high expectations for these mortal members.
God uses this gift when needed to present His end-time message to those of other languages. This is why heeding Jesus' end-time warning against Babylon is so extremely crucial and urgent.
In writing biographies in this day and age, the books are considered a a€?creative non-fictiona€? genre so you need to sift through what part is the authora€™s 21st Century slant and actual facts. When you buy your complete set of books (S&H - King James Bible) you dona€™t have to replace batteries, use electricity or upgrade. She expected the student to listen with inspiration expecting good with their thinking centered on God. She would become offended if members did not live up her to her high expectations of them as a mortal or what her five physical senses were saying to her.
It was needed at Pentecost because 17 language groups were in the crowd and His disciples probably knew only one language.
Also in writing this type of genre the author needs to take into consideration eyewitnesses like family and friends. Eddya€™s writings are the ultimate source for answers because they take you back to the Bible and in turn back to God.
Although these are conveniences nothing takes the place of marking your books and getting close to your books.
Some parts of the service like in the formal sense of the word a€?Readera€? means you need to be a member of the church but to give a testimony means that you can participate whether a member or not and that you used an inspired citation(s) from the Bible or S&H. Baptism by immersion is not necessary.a€?Baptism by immersion is the only baptism recognized by Scripture.
Baptism by immersion is not necessary.Baptism by immersion is the only baptism recognized by Scripture.
Copyists may have miscopied in some cases, but no such supposed happening or any other alleged error affects the truth of God's Word.
The Christian Science bound volumes (past Christian Science Journal and Sentinel magazine) found in Reading Rooms are a wealth of inspiring articles on healing over the years. There should be a healing message in both the music and the words.A  Promoting personality worship of singers or song writers in a church service is not Christian Science.
At one time the 39 kings of ancient Israel and Judah who reigned during the divided kingdom were authenticated only from the Bible record, so critics charged fabrication. Jesus will come very soon to take His people to the fabulous home He has prepared for them in heaven. Doctrine is built not upon one Bible passage, but upon the total of God's comments on any subject.
1866, toward the close of the present century, by which time many expect, and more hope, that both Popery and Mahometanism will be overthrown. The goal to be rid of smoking, drinking, tea, or coffee is a good way to begin a€?seeinga€? what you can do in the way of healing and then becoming a member of the church.A  In a church atmosphere you are still working your salvation out. Sunday is God's holy day.a€?The Bible teaches, without question, that God's holy day is the seventh-day Sabbath--Saturday.
Sunday is God's holy day.The Bible teaches, without question, that God's holy day is the seventh-day Sabbath--Saturday. But then archaeologists found cuneiform records that mentioned many of these kings and, once again, the Bible record was proved accurate.
We are unaware of any alleged error of any kind that would affect the truthfulness of the content of Scripture. Manual is very clear about the type of music and musical instruments to be used in the service. In church and out of church we must a€?See the man of Goda€™s creatinga€? which includes women too. Critics have repeatedly been proved wrong as new discoveries confirm biblical people, places, and events. Just reading the Lesson Sermon for the week doesna€™t mean you have a€?studieda€? the lesson.
It will always be so.a€?a€?*The Revised Standard Version of the Bible (C) 1946, 1952, 1971 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Often new concepts on a subject are expressed, but these concepts do not undermine what other Bible writers say on the same subject. It will always be so.*The Revised Standard Version of the Bible (C) 1946, 1952, 1971 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Studying the Lesson involves reading citation around the marked part of the lesson, looking up words you dona€™t understand, maybe writing out an outline to get the completeness of the Lesson.
We believe that even alleged errors, not yet fully explained, will (as in the past) soon be exposed as false alarms.
And listening to God because he dearly wants you to understand the qualities and attributes of yourself as image and his deep love for you as his child. Talk about astounding!a€?Ask people who have viewed an identical event to each give a report of what happened.
Talk about astounding!Ask people who have viewed an identical event to each give a report of what happened.
Promise that you will follow where Jesus leads, and He will not permit you to end up in error (John 7:17).
Yet the Bible, penned by 40 writers over a 1,500-year period, reads as if written by one great mind.
Christian Scientist face the problems down and out of thought by using the many Truths that are found in Mrs. Some scientists are wondering what puzzling power, completely unknown to them, is holding it together. The four Gospels do sometimes differ in the way they report the same event, but they complement each other.



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