Smart Planet writes a very interesting article, by Rose Eveleth explaining that one biologist suggests that spontaneous combustion is a very real possibility (to material sense) and that he can explain how it happens.
“New Scientist has a whole feature describing the science behind why humans spontaneously combust. They write: People explode. One minute they may be relaxing in a chair, the next they erupt into a fireball. Jets of blue fire shoot from their bodies like flames from a blowtorch, and within half an hour they are reduced to a pile of ash. Typically, the legs remain unscathed, sticking out grotesquely from the smoking cinders. Nearby objects (a pile of newspapers on the armrest, for example) are untouched. Greasy fat lies on the floor. For centuries, this gruesome way of death has been debated, with many people discounting it as a myth. But spontaneous human combustion is real and we think we can show how it happens.” Reference Smart Planet – Source: io9, New Scientist
So should I ‘fear’ (false evidence appearing real) spontaneous combustion? – perhaps in future years it will be a mortal natural consequence of obesity. It will be interesting to observe if there is an increase in ‘reported suspected cases’. Anyway not the point of discussion here. This month is on protection so I’m going to consider if we can be protected from such things – from false evidence appearing real.
Holy Inspiration vs Spontaneous Combustion…
“You say, “I have burned my finger.” This is an exact statement, more exact than you suppose; for mortal mind, and not matter, burns it. Holy inspiration has created states of mind which have been able to nullify the action of the flames, as in the Bible case of the three young Hebrew captives, cast into the Babylonian furnace; while an opposite mental state might produce spontaneous combustion.” Science and Health Page 161
One of my favorite quotes from Mary Baker Eddy happens to be the ‘thought for today’:
THIS WEEK’S SUBJECT: CHRIST JESUS
Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.
That’s pretty straight forward – still sounds simple in theory – what does it mean in practice? It means every thought, every action, deed, every manifestation on the material body must be governed by God through Christ – by Life, Truth and Love.
The three young Hebrew captives cast into the furnace provides some insightful food for thought:
“And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellers, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.” Daniel 3:27
That is what I call ultimate and absolute protection from an all loving Father – not even the smell of fire had passed on them – totally unfettered, unadulterated, untouched, unimpressed and unmoved by the false belief and sense of mortality, even when they appeared to mortal sense to be living in mortal bodies, having only one mind – the ‘mind of Christ’. And “I see four men lose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Daniel 3:25
“To obey the Scriptural command, “Come out from among them, and be ye separate,” is to incur society’s frown; but this frown, more than flatteries, enables one to be Christian.” S & H 238:6
So what of spontaneous combustion – it’s a mortal belief and to protect yourself from it you need to not only know that it is a load of rubbish and has no reality but understand why. In reality, in God’s kingdom man is spiritual, made in the image and likeness of God, where there is only holy inspiration derived from an omnipotent omnipresent all loving God.