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I am a cat. I was born potty-trained. I know how to bury my refuse and stay clean.

You are a person. You were born innocent. You do know how to clear yourself of guilt.

I live in upstate New York where rocks and grass make for an impossible ground to dig in. The person I live with supplies me with a litter box full of litter he keeps cleaned out.

People can live in circumstances that cause them to make mistakes and become guilty. However, God supplies them with the knowledge to overcome the guilt with their innate innocence.

You don’t lose your innocence, just like I won’t lose my ability to potty outside. When it snows, I am out there doing my business.

Innocence is constantly being supplied by God, Truth. You can yield to this innocence and heal the mistakes and guilt.

Within the framework of innocence and truth, your thoughts and behaviors will be humble and honest and healthy.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know yourself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil. Love is a protective covering. Wear it! Wrapped up in love, human hatred can’t reach you. The confirmation of a higher humanity will unite all interests in the one divinity.”

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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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