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The ceaseless struggle between religious zealotry and common sense conjures conflict and confusion. Zealotry is destructive. Common sense is sometimes uncommon.

Zealotry is defined as fanaticism or excessive intolerance of opposing views. But, it also can mean ardor or fervor.

Common sense is defined as good sense and sound judgment in practical matters.

The word “zeal” is found in some Bible versions in the Psalms and the Gospel John. “Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up.” NKJV

The phrase “common sense” is read in more modern Bible versions, but is found in life examples in all Bibles. Prophets used sound judgment fervently, though it went against the grain.

Common sense is allowed. Zeal can be practical. It starts with a sensible practical God.

God is Life, Truth, and Love.

There is no fanaticism, no burning desire, no jealousy in God. The things of heaven are not like the things on earth yet we can experience a hint of heaven here and now. We can experience the ardor of common sense in practical matters. Relationships can be peaceful. Jobs can be satisfying. Progress can be made.

While reading The Searchers, by Glen Frankel, I had to turn off my Nook. The book depicts the horrors of an Indian raid on early Americans in Texas. Members of the Comanche tribe attacked and tortured a group of settlers. Cynthia Ann Parker was taken captive at the age of nine. She was rescued 24 years later, but wanted to return to her Comanche family.

Attack and torture are phenomena that make my stomach contort and tighten; gagging the humanity of human beings. Yet, professional physicians and surgeons poke or cut off body parts every day. The recipients, and movie stars, who survive are heroic.

I ponder the result of Christ Jesus’ experience as found in 21st Century Science and Health: “The last supreme moment of mockery, desertion, and torture added to an overwhelming sense of the magnitude of Jesus’ work. From his lips was wrenched the awful cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”[1] If a human parent was asked this heart-broken question, it would deny the justice and love of whom Jesus knew to be his Maker. Jesus appealed to his divine Principle, the God who is Love, and to himself, Love’s pure idea. Had Life, Truth, and Love forsaken him in his highest demonstration? This was a startling question. No! God and Christ Jesus must remain united or that hour would be deprived of its mighty blessing for human beings.”


[1] Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34

It’s been “Brides Cooking” all over again at our house. Thirty years ago, I pumped out what is famously known as brides cooking. Now, my husband has been doing a lot of the cooking and we’ve been eating some interesting meals. The other night for dinner, we sat down and I looked at my plate and remarked, “Wow, you’re getting rather proficient.”

Timing is a nuisance for my husband. The meatloaf will be finished half an hour before the pasta and the salad will be remembered tomorrow. But, alas, we can eat in stages.

So, the other night, for the main fact that the piece of ham, the biscuit, and the corn on the cob was pretty much done at the same time, was remarkable. I cut the biscuit in half and put the slice of ham in the middle with mustard, since mustard was on the table.

Picking up this cute little sandwich was a mistake. The biscuit fell apart. After a bite, I realized why, baking powder and salt don’t always hold units together. I finished it with a fork. My husband tried to glue his biscuit together with honey. It was a mess.

Because we are cheap, if the food is anywhere close to edible, we will eat it. Another oddity (and I have no idea where my husband got the notion that old-fashioned, 3-minute, oatmeal must be added to almost everything), is that uncooked oat flakes should get mixed in with everything from green beans and taco filling. But, just as my husband endured my brides cooking, I too will endure. And, we will get a good laugh in the meantime.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Gentle words, and an unselfish attention to detail in what promotes the success of your spouse, will prove valuable in prolonging one another’s health and smiles. Don’t practice stolid indifference or resentment. Remember, a simple heartfelt word or deed is powerful enough to renew the romance.”

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What is the material world without thought?

It is thought that brings to light, with great rapidity, many useful wonders in the world. Intuitive leaps of understanding give impulse to inquiry and a spiritual cause is considered. Consciousness turns from matter to divine Mind as the cause of every effect, and physics based logic slowly yields to the science of metaphysics. In this revolutionary stage, physics will challenge metaphysics, even in the form of semi-metaphysical systems.

The Science of divine Mind interprets spiritual Being. Scientific metaphysics has its own set of principles and arguments, untouched by, and unmixed with, physical laws or the human mind’s arguments. Arguing on the side of omnipresent divine Mind prevents a mental practice from being “divided against itself.” (Matt. 12:25, Mark 3:25, Luke 11:17)

This is an excerpt from the abridged chapter, Science of Being, from 21st Century Science and Health.

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