Monday, February 18, 2019

Jairus' Daughter

By Ken G. Cooper

[Matthew 10:18-25, Mark 22-43, Luke 8:41-55]

FEAR
My daughter lies sick, she is moaning and crying
And I dread the worst, for it looks like she’s dying.
I am one of the rulers of synagogues here,
But in this I am helpless, my thoughts ruled with fear.
My prayers now seem hollow, for can this be God’s will?
I kneel for His guidance, how I need to be still!
My great love for my girl makes me both weak and strong,
What more help can I seek? she has not got long.

HOPE
I hear from a friend the prophet Jesus can heal,
He speaks of new life, God’s kingdom as real.
I feel deep within me he could heal her, but how?
My heart leaps with last hope, I must find him right now.
I make urgent enquiries, - he’s here, by the sea!
I find him quite quickly and beseech: “I pray thee!
My little daughter lieth at the point of death, 
Please come and heal her before she breathes her last breath!”

IMPATIENCE
I need him to come with me, his word will not do;
My wife needs to meet with him, to understand too.
He responds to my need, turns with love to my home.
We must now go quickly; can’t he see there’s no time!
But someone has touched him, - my heart misses a beat,
For he stands and looks round at the crowd in the street!
“Who touched my clothes?” he asks with a gentle request.
(But my daughter is dying! - I feel great unrest).

FAITH
A woman comes forth, kneeling and trembling with doubt,
What she’d hoped could be quiet we’ve now all found out!
Jesus spoke to her kindly, as God’s daughter true,
Her faith made her whole, she was free, become new.
For twelve years she’d been sick, - twelve years weary and worn,
The same number of years since my daughter was born!
But weren't both God's dear daughters? This gave me fresh zeal,
For I’d just glimpsed for myself God's love could sure heal.

BE NOT AFRAID!
We’re about to move on, and I’d taken the lead,
When friends come from my household: “Thy daughter is dead!
Why trouble the master any further” they say.
And Jesus replies, “Be not afraid! Only pray.” 
But what can he do? This simply beggars belief
That with her now dead we could find peace and relief!
We approach to my house, and the mourners wax loud,
My dear daughter already to them in her shroud.

REMOVE DOUBT!
Once more Jesus speaks, saying she is but asleep.
They so laugh him to scorn, calling him a mad creep!
Their thought is not helpful, and he casts them all out,
Which makes them scoff more and more stubbornly shout.
But he takes Peter, James, John, both me and my wife, -
We quietly enter, feel the presence of Life.
I think of that woman restored after so long,
But raising the dead? Are my doubts yet so strong?

ONLY ONE MIND
Jesus said to believe, and goes up to her bed:
“Maid, arise.” And she gets up, yes, she that was dead!
We’re both just astonished, for our daughter's made whole!
Fear proved as just empty! Life is God’s Love and Soul!
Yes, we'd all been asleep!  I see now there’s no death, -
In God the Almighty is all being and breath.
There is nothing to fear. And in Jesus so kind
He has proved to us all there is only One Mind.


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Monday, February 11, 2019

Sing Praise to God

By Ken G. Cooper

Sing praise to God all through the day,
Be true to Him in all you say:
In all you do, this be the test:
In all you do, is God expressed?

Sing praise to God through darkest night,
Negate all error with God’s might!
Where’er you are, God gives you rest;
Where’er you are, see God expressed!

Forsake all evil straightway,
And never give it time of day.
All wrongful thoughts we must detest,
With only thoughts of God expressed!

Sing praise as man, the child of God,
Man of the Spirit, not the sod!
This perfect man is always blest:
God’s man is always God expressed!

(Tune: Fight the good fight…)

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"Men as trees, walking"

 By John Woodsworth
 (Mark 8:22-25)

At first light of the morn the sun's weak rays 
Can scarcely make the world around to glow. 
Both men and trees are shadowy ghostly shapes... 
The form that's standing there -- is it friend or foe?

For nothing here about is really plain: 
That could be a tree, or else a living being...
It's even harder for me to explain… 
I'm still a child, and not yet used to seeing. 

It may seem to the mind, just for a moment, 
That this is our world's one and only face... 
That our eyes are seeing its only real component,
And nothing exists beyond these ghostly shapes. 

But thinking minds perceive another door since
They do not trust the verdict of their eyes... 
They know a clearer picture, all the more since 
Already they see light across the skies! 

We find our gaze no longer vacillating 
'Twixt sunlight and deceitful shades of dark... 
We'll then discern without such hesitating 
The true, clear view of all, which light imparts!

*  *  *

At first light of the morn weak mortal mind 
Can scarcely make to glow the world within. 
Myself and others seem not to be God's kind,
But only mortal shapes of flesh and sin. 

The world within? It's difficult to tell 
Just who I am beyond my body's being, 
To fathom and explain my spiritual self... 
I'm still a child, and not quite used to seeing.

That life beyond the body's real and factual 
To us by one great man was once revealed, 
He clearly showed the life that's real and actual, 
When through his touch the blind and deaf were healed.

I've now begun to see another door since 
The Spirit now outweighs all other might. 
I see the clearer picture, all the more since
Already heaven's sending me its light. 

Let's no more live in darkness, vainly gawking, 
But see the clear, true image of our soul -- 
No more see shapes of "men as trees, a-walking",
But God's full image -- holy, perfect, whole.

Ottawa (Canada), 19 November 2002
Translated from the Russian by John Woodsworth

Monday, February 4, 2019

BEAR WITNESS AS GOD’S CHILD

By Ken G. Cooper

[Nicodemus seeks the Christ.   John 3:1-13]

My name is Nicodemus; I’m a ruler of the Jews.

As one of the town’s Pharisees, this Jesus not good news!
My colleagues all despise him for he’s doing what we should,
He’s preaching of the kingdom but in terms of present good.
And as Jacob fought his angel that put him out of joint,
The miracles that he’s performed have put to us his point!
I’d like to go to meet him, and try to gain insight,
But without my fellow Pharisees , - will have to go at night!
I steal away in darkness so to find this holy man
I’m not sure where I’ll find him, but know somehow I can.
I feel I’m drawn towards him and my seeking’s not in vain,
I have an urgent question, and I know that he’ll explain.
“Rabbi, thou art come from God, in everything you do
It shows the wonders God has wrought for He’s at one with you.”
His answer takes me by surprise. I find it very odd:

“Except a man be born again, he cannot see my God”

I’m so glad that I came alone, for his message leaves me cold:
“How can a man be born again when he’s already old!
Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb?
Be born again! Must I die first/ Be brought back from my tomb?”

There is a gulf between our thoughts. In patience he replies;
“I’m talking of the Spirit, friend, you must lift up your eyes!
Be born again, baptised as new. Let Spirit be your key.

Release the lock, reach out your hand. The kingdom here is free!

What’s flesh is flesh. It can’t get in. Let loose the Adam dream.
Be born again. Repent in thought. Let Spirit be your theme!”
 
I feel his love as golden words unlock a future bright,
For I must drop all sense of self if I’m to see the light.
Be born again! What huge command! It says to start afresh!
And in his love I glimpse this truth: the Spirit’s real, not flesh!
The Master speaks and now I hear, my thought in joy awakes:
“The wind can blow, and when it does you hear the sound it makes:
But where’s it from, where will it go? There’s no man that can tell.
And everyone that’s Spirit-born is just the same as well.”
I still have doubts: despite his words, do I have faith to see?
I grasp the point, but have to ask, just how can these things be?
“If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe me not,
 What hope have ye to understand what is the heaven-slot?”
Once more his words embrace my thoughts and lift me to new height.
For in God’s kingdom there’s no flesh, where Spirit is all might.

My name is Nicodemus, have you heard my latest news?
I’ve met this prophet Jesus Christ, - he’s ruler of the Jews!
I’m born again of Spirit: and like Jesus pure and mild,
I’m fashioned by “Our Father”, God, and witness I’m His child!

Forsake all flesh and be baptised, let Spirit shine through you,
Reflecting God, we follow Him, and witness what is true.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
The Spirit itself beareth witness with or spirit, that we are the children of God. Romans 8:16

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

THE GOOD SHEPHERD: YOU ARE MINE.

By Ken G. Cooper

(Psalm 23; Luke 15; John 10:1-30)

I turned off from the beaten track; I thought it would be fun.
I let wild instincts take control, lost sight of everyone.
It really did not matter that I headed off alone,
I thought I’d found a freedom new, so far away from home.
But then the shadows lengthened long, and doubt it filled my heart: Perhaps I should head back to base, but what direction start?

I love My flock, I know it well, each one is dear to Me,
I keep My watch on each of them, as far as I can see.
I’ve let them wander in My love and now, as good as gold,
I count them back at My command into their home and fold.
But there’s one short! I know which one, - yes, I will seek him out! For I AM Love; I don’t give up and will succeed, no doubt!

I am quite lost. I’ve gone astray, just where am I to go?
I’ve gone so far from where I should, I shan’t be found, I know.

No matter where this lamb has gone, My Love is everywhere,
And Love will show Me where to look - and make My path quite clear.

My hope has gone, what can I do? I call out to be found.
I didn’t think it possible - I hear my Shepherd’s sound!

I know each lamb, I call its name, and he knows My voice,
And on my shoulder gently laid, both he and I rejoice!

Back in the fold I leap and skip, and know true harmony:
I’d gone astray, Love brought me back, and now I’m fully free!

It does not matter where you are , what desperate things you’ve done: My Love is unconditional - I love you as my Son.

I feel Your goodness holding me, my cup You ever fill,
For I DO DWELL IN PERFECT LOVE as I reflect Thy will.

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PETER’S ESCAPE Acts 12 1-17


By Ken G. Cooper

James beheaded, now Herod’s captured me,
I clink strong chains in my captivity.
I see the guards in this my hideous cell.
Despite this gloom I trust that all is well!

I have faith-followed Jesus Christ my Lord,
I must survive, fulfil his promised word.
Our church must prove that right wins over wrong:
When all is dismal, that’s when we stay strong!

Jesus said that perfect love removeth fear,
So I must love, even though I’m stuck in here.
To human eyes there really is no hope -
I’m due to die tomorrow. God can cope!

I look on my guards, feel no enmity,
The power of Love embraces them and me.
I fall asleep content that God does care,
My final thoughts at one with Him, in prayer.

God sends His angel, gives my thought a shake,
I rise up quickly, strangely wide-awake.
Feeling His presence, man as spiritual,
My freedom not in doubt, but something actual.

The two cold chains that bound me clunk down upon the floor,
I gird myself as bidden, walk past the open door,
The first and second wards pass by, guards all fast asleep,
The iron gate just opens, no longer can me keep.

I think of all the miracles Jesus had performed,
And thank the God Almighty my life has been transformed:
This was proof so positive that man has liberty,
That man was made to glory God, that man is always free!

I made my way to Mary’s house along the empty street,
And knock the door and call “It’s Me!”, to all my brethren greet.
Despite their prayers they doubted that it was me safe and sound;
I knocked and called and called and knocked until they gave me ground.

We sang and praised and shared these prayers, that when we call on Thee,
We prove that Truth that Jesus said would make all men be free.
Despite all damning evidence, we’d proved that when we prayed,
Love had already answered, and our love for each had saved. 

Listen! Hear His angels! Fast hold them to your side!
Feel their ever-presence, to comfort, guard and guide.
They meet our needs as needed : false chains fall away!
Love’s angel thoughts are here and guiding us each day.

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Mesmerism and Mortal Mind

By H J B Corderoy
Brisbane, Australia

To beguile, mesmerise and hypnotize are all words describing the attempt by one human mind to exert influence over another. Sometimes we might think of hypnotism as beneficial or at best an entertainment. Often it is used with an evil intent. To use a more modern concept, we could call the seeming effect a conspiracy; a conspiracy of mortal mind to usurp the power of the only true God.

In Christian Science, this concept of animal magnetism is seen to be the vehicle of mortal mind by which it facilitates and propagates sin, disease and death. The concept appeared​ when mankind claimed to be as gods and turned away from the one true God, the one divine Mind. Mankind determined that  it was the supreme intelligence. This situation, where there are many conflicting human minds all claiming to be godlike, all with different and competing views, has given rise to the chaos we see in the world today. But, as Christians, we know that there is only one true God and that Jesus Christ has revealed to us that we are His spiritual children.

For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and Lords many) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” (I Cor. 8:5-6)

In their attempt to be as gods, human minds have sort out many inventions and continually try to impose their will either consciously or unconsciously on others. As a result of this process of mesmerisation the woes of this world have been spread from one mortal mind to another. This process continues apace today with new diseases being 'discovered’ and talked about daily. Those mortal minds who do not guard against such thoughts will find themselves involuntarily victims of these false beliefs.

Many people today would protest that some of the inventions of mankind are good. Indeed they are, in a temporal sense. It is not the inventions we guard against but the belief behind them. The belief that because man can invent these things he must be the creator of everything; that he must be God; that there is no spiritual man or eternal life. Of course we don't consciously think of ourselves as being god, but this is the effect of not acknowledging the absolute power of God and the existence of his kingdom. This is how mortal mind would hold us in subjugation.

The allegory of the temptation of mankind by the serpent in Genesis describes how mortal mind lays claim to possession of this alleged power today. When we talk about mortal mind we are really describing the aggregated effect of all the self-centered human minds in the world. Whether it was Adam or Eve who first succumbed to the temptation to taste the fruit of the tree of knowledge is of no importance in metaphysical science. The singling out of Eve as the temptress of Adam is an anachronism of the time which has been perpetuated by mortal mind to this day.  This conspiracy of mortal mind against women serves the purposes of mortal mind to divide and conquer mankind.  There is no classification of ideas (children of God) in divine Mind as either male or female (Gal. 3:28, Gen. 1:27). Just as God is neither male nor female, we, being created in his image and likeness, are not male or female. This is an entirely human concept (S&H 516:30-31). A concept first laid down in the second chapter of genesis by the Jewish tribal god Jehovah and renounced by Jesus in Matt 22:30 when he said “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels in heaven”.  That is, in our eternal life as the spiritual ideas or children of God there is no such classification of male or female.

Before we continue we ought to address a few other often overlooked forms of mesmerism put about by mortal mind. We are often critical of the behaviour or actions of others towards us and think badly of them.  The Bible tells us that we must turn the other cheek.  But this does not mean that we should do nothing about it. We must see this behaviour of others for what it is; a provocation by mortal mind aimed at getting us to respond and in so doing to acknowledge its claim to power. We must denounce mortal mind for what it is: an imagining of mankind that “exalteth itself against the knowledge of God”. (II Cor. 10:5)

We often judge others for their sexuality, race, shape, colour or some other difference from what we consider to be the norm.  When we do this we are involuntarily and unconsciously recognising that mortal mind is as real and as powerful as God.  It is a subtle form of mesmerism by mortal mind aimed at keeping us under its control by compromising us and pulling us down to its level. Think only goodly thoughts of those you come into contact with and see them as God's perfect child if you would deny the power of mortal mind.

Let us look more closely at how this mesmerism by mortal mind came about.

Gen 2:17. “But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Was this the all-loving Father-Mother-God (divine Mind) threatening his errant child or was it the Jewish tribal god, Jehovah talking?  Would any loving parent do this to their children. Or was it mortal mind, portrayed as the man-like Jehovah, setting up a  human justification for what has happen to mankind since the garden of Eden? Was it mortal mind putting the blame on someone else?  God does not tempt nor threaten his ideas; his children. James 1:13 “ …God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.”  He does not need to threaten his children because the man of God's making is of one mind with Him.  Eve was not to blame for the seeming fall from grace of mankind. God knows only good ('God is of purer eyes than to behold evil', Habakkuk 1:13) Temptation and blame, good and bad, are concepts and practices of mortal minds. The idea that God warned man about good and bad is all part of the deception, the lie, the humanisation of God, that seduced mankind into thinking that God was not all powerful.

Gen 3:4 & 5. “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be a gods, knowing good and evil.”

Now we see the true intent of mortal mind. Like the modern day hypnotist, it says ‘look me in the eye and give me control of your mind and you will experience all the pleasures of the world in return’. In today's world mortal mind more commonly uses the threat of disease rather than a promise of riches and power to hold us in subjugation.  The concept of disease was created by mortal mind itself when it claimed to be as powerful as God. Mortal mind is in a cycle of self-deception,  it is the lie and the father of it (John 8:44). In our fear, we seek out temporary medical solutions instead of addressing the cause by denying the power of mortal mind and accepting only God as all-powerful.

So when mortal mind first suggests to you that you have a disease deny the suggestion immediately and say,’get thee behind me Satan’. Recognise that it is an attempt by mortal mind to get you to admit that it has power over you and to thereby involuntarily deny the absolute power of God.

Gen 3:13 “…...The serpent beguiled me  . ..and I did eat….”

Everything was perfect in God's creation until mankind was beguiled by mortal mind into thinking that he could be as powerful and as knowledgeable as God.  From then on there were many gods all competing with each other for supremacy and giving rise to the chaos, sin, disease and death that we see around us today.

The serpent (mortal mind) promised only good times. It did not mention the bad things that would accompany the attempted usurping of God's power. It told a lie and beguiled mankind with the promise of power. We are still in that hypnotic dream today, believing everything that happens to us is for real. If we snap out of that dream we will see it for what it is.

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (S&H) 103:21-23, Mrs Eddy says:  “As named in Christian Science, animal magnetism or hypnotism is the specific term for error, or mortal mind. It is the false belief that mind is in matter, and is both evil and good; that evil is as real as good and more powerful. This belief has not one quality of Truth. It is either ignorant or malicious.”

Matt 4:10  “the devil saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus was taken up into a high place and offered all the world by mortal mind (Satan). Jesus saw this attempt by mortal mind to seduce him for what it was and rejected it out of hand. Likewise, we must be careful not to be seduced by the pleasures of this world by placing them before God in importance in our lives.

Matt 16:22-24  “..... Jesus said unto Peter, Get thee behind me Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”

When Jesus told his disciples of what lay ahead of him, Peter, out of love for him, suggested that he, Jesus, had the power to avoid his human enemies. Again, Jesus saw this for what it was and rejected the suggestion. It was another attempt by the mortal minds around him to mesmerise him and convince him that there was path or power other than God's. The things that be of this life might give momentary relief or pleasure but we are seeking the more permanent glory of eternal life.

Peter had only the best of intentions from a human point of view for suggesting this course of action. But this is typical of the subtle forms of mesmerisation that we face today. It appears to be good or the right thing to do to talk about this disease or that illness that so-and-so has. But by doing so we are propagating that very thing in our own and other’s minds. It is this involuntary mesmerism due to ignorance of the Truth which we must guard against every day.

Gal 3:1 “O Foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?”

How can we fall for the tired old lie of mortal mind when we have the Truth before us in the form of the teachings, the demonstrations and the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

Gal 3:3  “Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”

Are you so foolish that you choose mortal mind over divine Mind; the imperfect material body over the original creation of the spiritual man; and then think that this will make you perfect? You are deceiving yourselves.

Gal 3:5 “He therefore that ministereth unto you the Spirit, and worketh  miracles among you , doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”

Jesus demonstrated the power of divine Mind and showed that the laws dreamed up by mortal mind are of no account and in reality, powerless. How can you deny this evidence of the truth? Faced with these proofs of God's power, whom should you put your faith in, God or man; divine Mind or mortal mind?

Gal 3:9 “So they which be of the faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”

Blessed are they who accept divine Mind as the only power in their lives.

Gal 3:10 “For as many as are under the law are under the curse.”

 Those that remain mesmerised by the seeming power of mortal mind will experience the chaos and woes of the world.

Gal 3:26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

Paul, in his usual forthrightness and perspicacity, sets out for the Galatians and for us today,  how we should be thinking to counteract this conspiracy of mortal mind which would enslave us. He reminds us that we were created as spiritual ideas of God but have now foolishly believed the promises of mortal mind and that we can be as gods ourselves ‘made perfect by the flesh’. Are you ‘so foolish’ that you cannot see that, by its every origin, the flesh will never make you perfect.

Jesus, by his teachings and demonstrations, proved that if we are governed by the law of divine Mind we will be perfect.  Whereas, if we live under the laws that mankind has created and  propagates through its wish to be god-like, we will be cursed with sin, disease and death. We will be far from being ‘made perfect by the flesh’. Perfection only comes through day-by-day spiritualisation of thought; through prayer.

S&H 402:30-33 “The involuntary pleasure or pain of the person under hypnotic control is proved to be a belief without a real cause.”

This pain or pleasure disappears when the hypnotic trance is broken. If we break this trance and ’awake’ from the ‘Adam dream’ of mind in matter we will be seen to be whole and eternal.

S&H 403:1-2 “So the sick through their beliefs have induced their own diseased condition.”

Mortal mind has beguiled us involuntarily and often unconsciously into believing we are sick. We consequently express the expected symptoms in our bodies. The spiritual man in harmony with God is never sick! He can't be mesmerised by the erroneous thoughts of the mortal minds around him.

II Cor 11:3  “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

Paul repeats his warning that we should not let mortal mind hypnotise us so that we believe in it’s power rather than the simple Truth taught and practiced by Jesus: namely, that there is only one all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving God. This is the key to eternal life, glorious in its simplicity.

Rom 7:23 “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind  and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin.”

Paul again warns us to be vigilant in this war against mortal mind and it's hypnotic and captivating influence. To succumb to its suggestions results in sin, sickness and death being manifested on the material man. We need to be vigilant that we do not accept these suggestions ourselves and that we do not unwittingly transfer them to those around us.

S&H 403:14-20  “You command the situation if you understand that mortal existence is a state of self-deception and not the truth of being. Mortal mind is constantly producing on the mortal body the results of false opinions; and it will continue to do so, until the mortal error is deprived of its imaginary powers by Truth, which sweeps away the gossamer web of mortal illusion.”

Eph 5:14  “....Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”

Awake from the hypnotic dream of mortal mind and it's worldly false and beguiling promises, arise from those who are dead to the Christ.  Sweep away the cobwebs of the dream that ends in death and let the light of truth into your life.

Isaiah 8:12  “Say ye not, a confederacy (conspiracy), to all whom these people shall say, a conspiracy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.”

Mortal mind's hold over us is an hypnotic conspiracy about our health, our state of mind, our social interactions and the existence of one all-powerful God. These false ideas multiply and spread from one mortal mind to the next. Each one reinforcing the hypnotic state that holds us in the power of mortal mind. We must not be afraid to break this hypnotic state of mind and ‘awake’ to the glorious possibilities of divine Mind.

I Cor 2:2 “ For I am determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”

We must make a determined effort to deny the power of mortal mind and to acknowledge only the truth as taught and demonstrated by Jesus Christ.

Finally, let us return to Paul's eloquent summary of the Truth:

I Cor 8: 5 & 6 “For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”

The first sentence sums up what is wrong with the world today and the second is the solution, the 'simplicity that is in Christ’: One God, one Father and one Christ by which we are one in God. All things are made by God and we exist in him.  Jesus Christ is the example of the perfect child of God. We, by the Christ, may regain eternal life in God, divine Mind.  It is so breathtakingly simple!   No scholastic arguments or learned tomes required.

Amen.