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Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Review on The Pacific Bible

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As an avid reader of the Bible, I looked forward to reviewing The Pacific Bible. Privy to the fact that almost four hundred verses—reiterating extreme human habits unacceptable in today’s society—have been removed, I reminded myself to read with an open mind.

After reflecting on the fully retained first Chapter of Genesis, with its promulgation of spiritual persons given the dominion to care for the earth, I moved through the second and into the third chapter and smiled. I realized the verse depicting a punishing God that doomed woman to painful childbirth was archived—removed. I could relate. I had mentally removed this false view of God from my own mind almost thirty years ago. I took a strong mental stand with a God who already made and delivered everything, “and behold it was very good,” and the births of my children were natural, quick, and comfortable enough.

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I figure, Scripture must be read with an ever evolving thought process otherwise interpretations become inane. Therefore, while reading The Pacific Bible, I didn’t compare it to other Bibles as if one or the other is wrong or right. I was definitely glad to see Judges 19:25 archived. This verse and its surrounding cohorts were horrible illustrations to make a point to honor angel messengers.

Admittedly, the decisions as to what verses to archive from the Bible would be tough. However, as a Bible student and church attendee, I’ve noticed readers indirectly archive by means of simply ignoring the verses from deeper study. For example, I rarely hear references made to verses offering advice to slave holders and slaves. Many of these references were literally omitted from The Pacific Bible. Because I’m of a mindset to view my fleshly body as the servant of divine Mind, the verses not archived concerning slavery do not bother me.

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Granted, children trained in the Bible receive an educational upper hand since the stories in the Bible are so widely read and known in the world. However, the world has advanced somewhat away from detrimental past behavior. A majority of references to negative behavior that could barb the child’s mind have been removed from The Pacific Bible.

Although I could see why Proverbs 29:15 was removed from The Pacific Bible, reading, “The rod of correction gives wisdom, but a child left to himself causes shame to his mother,” I beg to differ. This verse is not an excuse for abuse. As a parent and former foster parent, I am fully aware of the mistake of physical discipline however to assume we human beings have reached a spiritual attitude or altitude as to remove physical discipline measures altogether is delusional. Moreover, I feel Proverbs 29:19, “A servant can’t be corrected by words. Though he understands, yet he will not respond,” should have also been retained. These verses require further study and understanding. Physical discipline (such as spanking or grounding), counseling, lecturing, psychobabble are a part of society today and still need thoughtful progress.

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To be expected, more verses were archived from the Old Testament than from the New Testament. After realizing the entire verse I Corinthians 6:9 is removed, I concluded that instead of removing the entire verse, I would have preserved the first sentence, “Or don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God?” Agreed, it is futile to categorize what is “unrighteous” on a human scale because it only brings division among people, however it is a truism that unrighteous thoughts do not experience the presence of heaven on earth.

There was a general flowing feel while reading The Pacific Bible. I will and have recommended it especially to those who have put the Bible aside as out of touch with reality. Authors, revisionists, and readers can continue responding to the law of progress which is demanding a clearer correct vision of God and ourself and the world.

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Think Bigger

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The sun doesn’t come to the earth and get inside the earth in order to give it light. The sun didn’t need to become the earth in order to shine light on it. Earth is benefited indirectly, through sunshine. We can learn from this but first let’s go way back to see just how.

The accepted model of the solar system thousands of years ago was earth centered—geocentric. The idea of a sun centered system—heliocentric—came about before Christ but it didn’t gain popularity until the 16th century.

People interpret what they read according to their accepted models therefore ancient readers of the Bible convinced themselves that the Bible teaches a geocentric model. Fortunately, science proved the validity of the heliocentric model and humanity acts with more certainty. But, human egos still fight to be the center of attention.

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Human egos have an embedded belief that everything is revolves around them. Bible readers even go so far as to interpret the Bible to say God created human beings even though this generates nothing but problems.

A God-centered idea is gaining momentum however. God, also known as divine Mind, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Principle, Spirit, is not human and did not create human beings, but created spiritual beings.

A few verses from the Bible that can easily be twisted to suit the human egos thinking are from Matthew 1:23 and John 10:30. We read in Matthew, “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God with us’).” And we read in John a statement attributed to Christ Jesus, “I and the Father are one.”

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The sun and its light are one. The sun and the earth are not one.

To a God centered model, these verses signify that even though human beings are not like God, they still can get out of themselves and into Spirit. Paul said, “For in him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28) As we stop identifying our self with a human ego and identify with the Christ spirit, “the new creation has come.” (II Cor. 5:17) “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (I John 3:2)

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Footsteps of Truth

posted by Cheryl Petersen

An excerpt from the modern abridged version of the chapter Footsteps of Truth:

Where did the diseases, chaos, and crime come from? Diseases, chaos, and crime come from errors of belief held in the human mind while embracing its own limited awareness. The human mind ignorantly or intentionally can be found clutching and holding onto a power other than Love. Human mind adores and promotes that which is temporal. The human mind desires human power and pride.

Christ comes to the human mind and reverses its negative tendencies or training. Through Christ, Truth, you discover your ability to embrace your body in mindfulness and then outline it with thoughts of health. You realize you can banish thoughts of disease and sin and other beliefs by means of Truth. We are immortal. We have an indestructible life.

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Improve the Healing Art

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Question: Is not all [mental]argument mind over mind?

Answer by Mary Baker Eddy: The Scriptures refer to God as saying, “Come now, and let us reason together.” There is but one right Mind, and that one should and does govern [us]. Any co-partnership with that Mind is impossible; and the only benefit in speaking often one to another, arises from the success that one individual has with another in leading their thoughts away from the human mind or body, and guiding the with Truth. That individual is the best healer who asserts him or herself the lest, and thus becomes a transparency for the divine Mind, who is the only physician; the divine Mind is the scientific healer.

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