‘Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.’ Luke 17:21′
I and my Father are one.’ John 10:30 ‘Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.’ John 14:10
ATONEMENT – merriam-webster.com 1 (obsolete) : reconciliation 2 : the reconciliation of God and humankind through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ 3 : reparation for an offense or injury : satisfaction 4 : Christian Science : the exemplifying of human oneness with God
(of interest to explore here – reconciliation, sacrificial, human oneness with God)…
Atonement: reconcile – the action of restoring God and man – ‘God and man made in his image and likeness.’ Genesis 1:26/27
Going deeper – Reconcile is to make consistent or congruous:
CONGRUOUS -1 a : being in agreement, harmony, or correspondence b : conforming to the circumstances or requirements of a situation.
Atonement so far – the action of being in harmony with God.
Atonement definition 2: the reconciliation of God and humankind through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ
SACRIFICIAL – 1 : of, relating to, of the nature of, or involving sacrifice. SACRIFICE 1 : an act of offering to a deity something precious; 2 : something offered in sacrifice 3 a : destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else b : something given up or lost (material sense)
sacrifice – God, ‘take my life and let it be consecrated Lord to Thee.’ (Hymn 324) The destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else and/or something given up or lost. ‘Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.’ Revelation 14:3
‘He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.’ Matthew 10:39-40.
Thus reconciliation of a kind of humanity (incorrect view) to God, through the demonstrations of Christ through Jesus! He that looseth his life (his sense of life in the carnal, material and mortal) shall, for Christs purpose, for the glory of God, through atonement be reconciled to life eternal – that is, shall find God.
Atonement definition 3: Reparation for an offense or injury: Satisfaction.
Reparation – the act of making amends, offering expiation, or giving satisfaction for a wrong or injury b : something done or given as amends or satisfaction.
“The moral law, which has the right to acquit or condemn, always demands restitution before mortals can “go up higher.”…”the belief in sin is punished so long as that belief lasts” Does this not go back to definition 2? Sacrifice – giving up the flesh for spirit – that is giving up the carnal mind for the spiritual mind and as such gaining satisfaction!
Atonement – definition 4: Christian Science : the exemplifying of human oneness with God
EXEMPLIFY – 1 : to show or illustrate by example <anecdotes exemplifying those virtues> 3 a : to be an instance of or serve as an example : embody <she exemplifies the qualities of a good leader
Atonement is to show by example, as an example ~ the human oneness with God. Doesn’t seem correct, nor does it make sense from a spiritual perspective. Perhaps the exemplifying of humanity with God however this is still from a material perspective. Spiritual oneness with God I understand but human, mortal oneness… the flesh, carnal oneness with Spirit, God doesn’t seem logical to me. This seems to conflict with what I have read relating to Christian Science and the Bible.
God is a Spirit and we must ‘worship him in Spirit and Truth’. We are made in his image and likeness therefore we must be spiritual. How can we have a human mortal oneness with Spirit immortal Truth. The ‘flesh wars with the Spirit’. It is an impossibility for mortality and immortality to be reconciled, God is opposed to the carnal mind – to all evil, anything that is not good.
To me it makes more sense that atonement is to reconcile man to God – to find ourselves in his likeness. The action of being in harmony with God. Will have to investigate this further… another night.
“And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.” Mark 12:28-34
“brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies (experiences) a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-3
‘Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus’ Philippians 2:5
‘know ye not that your body (being) is the temple (consciousness) of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (mortal – separated from God, the creator)’ 1 Corinthians 6:19
‘For as we have many members in one body, So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.’ Romans 12:4, 5
‘But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.’ Matthew 1:20
‘I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. (elements of Truth) but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:’ Matthew 3:11 (purification of thought)
‘Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph,’ Luke 3:21-23
‘Dove: A symbol of divine Science; purity and peace; hope and faith’ S&H Glossary
‘Divine Science explains the abstract statement that there is one Mind (God) by the following self-evidence proposition: If God, or good, is real, then evil, the unlikeness of God, is unreal. And evil can only seem to be real by giving reality to the unreal. The children of God have but one Mind,’ (one God)… S&H 470:11-16
Good question: ‘How can good lapse into evil, when God, the Mind of man, never sins? The standard of perfection was originally God and Man. Has God taken down His own standard, and has man fallen?’ S&H 470:16-20
In a mortal/carnal/flesh sense atonement is to reconcile man to God not God to man… To awaken from sleep, death, the subliminal suggestion that we can be separated from God, fallen.
‘Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind’
CONSCIOUSNESS – 1 a : the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself. b : the state or fact of being conscious of an external object, state, or fact c : awareness; especially : concern for some social or political cause 2 : the state of being characterized by sensation, emotion, volition, and thought : mind 3 : the totality of conscious states of an individual 4 : the normal state of conscious life <regained consciousness> 5 : the upper level of mental life of which the person is aware as contrasted with unconscious processes
CONSCIENCE – 1 a: the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one’s own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good b: a faculty, power, or principle enjoining good acts c: the part of the superego in psychoanalysis that transmits commands and admonitions to the ego archaic: consciousnesss 3 : conformity to what one considers to be correct, right, or morally good :conscientiousness 4 : sensitive regard for fairness or justice.
‘How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?’ Hebrews 9:14
‘Our Master fully and finally demonstrated divine Science in his victory over death and the grave. Jesus’ deed was for the enlightenment of men and for the salvation of the whole world from sin, sickness, and death S&H 45:10
‘Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts! Christ hath rolled away the stone from the door of human hope and faith, and through the revelation and demonstration of life in God, hath elevated them to possible atonement with the spiritual idea of man and his divine Principle, Love.’ S & H 45:16-21
‘The spiritual essence of blood is sacrifice. The efficacy of Jesus’ spiritual offering in infinitely greater than can be expressed by our (human) sense of human blood. His true flesh and blood were his Life (God); and they truly eat his flesh (experience his experience) and drink his blood (sacrifice mortal sense of self), who partake of that divine Life. S&H 25:3-6,10-12
PARTAKE – 1 : to take part in or experience something along with others 2 : to have a portion (as of food or drink) 3 : to possess or share a certain nature or attribute.
How do I partake in that divine Life? Through Christ, (the burning of the chaff from the wheat – the purification of thought and the unification of man to God) by having a childlike trust and living in the consciousness of Love, God.Psalms 12:6
‘The word of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.’ Psalms 12:6
Christ ‘Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.’ Matthew 3:12
‘For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.’ 1 Corinthians 15:53-5 that is, death – the belief in an entity, evil or a life opposed to God is experienced for what it is nothing, is swallowed up in victory. Dust to dust, the subliminal lie of separation and nothing more.
‘At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.’ John 14:20
Atonement – I know that Christ is in our Father, and I in him, and him in Me