Sunday, December 26th, 2021 Roundtable

Seeking the Solution of Mind-Healing

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Christian Science

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Morning Prayers

Love is enthroned. That evil or matter has neither intelligence nor power, is the doctrine of absolute Christian Science, and this is the great truth which strips all disguise from error.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 454

Let the Bible and the Christian Science textbook preach the gospel which heals the sick and enlightens the people’s sense of Christian Science. This ministry, reaching the physical, moral, and spiritual needs of humanity, will, in the name of Almighty God, speak the truth that to-day, as in olden time, is found able to heal both sin and disease.

— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 147

May the grace and love of God be and abide with you all.

— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 187

Discussion points

330 — WATCH that you hold in mind the following relationship between God, our Leader and the Cause of Christian Science. The Cause may be considered as a body of which God is the Head, and Mrs. Eddy the heart, as she once said to Calvin Frye.

When Mrs. Eddy said, “Follow me only as I follow Christ,” she wanted us to believe she was wrong if God said she was wrong; but He never did. Pending the time when we would be able to go directly to God, she wanted us to listen to her as the voice of God, and to follow her without question.

If God is the Head, we should consider Him to be the source of all power and intelligence; if Mrs. Eddy was the heart, then her active demonstration was the application, circulation and execution of all that she received from God, — His healing and guiding power. Through this ceaseless and loving endeavor, strength was brought to the weary and health to the suffering sick. This love which she demonstrated continues to beat for all. Being God’s love, it can never die.

True loyalty includes loyalty to God, to our Leader and the Cause. History shows that whenever a student turned away from one of this triad, he ended by becoming faithless to the other two.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Jeremiah 17 : 14

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.”

Daily Duties: from Christian Science Manual by Mary Baker Eddy

“One Cause And Effect”, from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 21

A woman—God-inspired—twenty years ago, planted a thought in the minds of the people that will grow until it reaches all nations. The “Tree of Life” will yet shelter “the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” She learned from our Master’s teachings and her constant communion with Christ. “Lo, I am with you alway,” was to her spiritualized sense of things a recognized fact. “The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” was to her the enduring substance of Life. Her feet touched the mountains, her understanding attained the heights we none of us yet have reached. Her reward will not be the praise of men, but the eternal glory of God.

Who of us will help this woman? Who of us will stand shoulder to shoulder amid the musketry of error, and guard the standard that she has planted? Be not afraid. The marching-song is one of victory, more inspiriting than the Marseillaise of France, and it reaches Heaven. Peace generally comes after the battle, but we have peace through it. Join our ranks, ye that are good and true. Sometimes they get broken, but it is only when the unworthy fall out, and we gain strength by their departure.

“Recruit” from Christian Science Journal, August 1885 by X.

For three years after my discovery, I sought the solution of this problem of Mind-healing, searched the Scriptures and read little else, kept aloof from society, and devoted time and energies to discovering a positive rule. … I knew the Principle of all harmonious Mind-action to be God, and that cures were produced in primitive Christian healing by holy, uplifting faith; but I must know the Science of this healing, and I won my way to absolute conclusions through divine revelation, reason, and demonstration.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 109

Forum posts — Christian Science — December 26th, 2021

Session Iv: Mrs Eddy as Demonstrator

Australia, London, and Other Healings

Moderator: We know that Mrs. Eddy worked continuously under God’s direction and demonstrated every step she took. Not only did she demonstrate every step in the many and varied steps necessary in founding her revelation in human consciousness but she also felt it necessary whenever possible to demonstrate every statement she wrote in Science and Health.

For instance when she wanted to write in the textbook, “The ‘still small voice’ of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe’s remotest bound” (Science and Health, page 559:8), she felt she must demonstrate this statement before putting it in the textbook.

The following testimony was given some years ago at the Christian Science Sanitarium in San Francisco, and was related to me by Dorothy Napkie of Newport Beach, California:

The wife of a businessman in one of our southern states was pronounced in the terminal stages of tuberculosis. The attending physician named a place in Australia where the climate might be of benefit in prolonging the patient’s life. The husband immediately made all arrangements and they took up their abode at a certain hotel in Australia. Each day the husband would carry his wife to a veranda where she could sit in the sun. One day as he carried her he felt she had grown so emaciated and weak, he wondered sadly if this might not be the last day he would carry his dearly beloved to the veranda, and after seating her, he hurried away to hide his grief.

That day, as the wife sat there, lost in thought contemplating the beauty all around her, she suddenly felt that she was being healed, that this sickness was not unto death, and she rose from her chair when her husband later returned, exclaiming, “I am healed!” She immediately began asking God to show her what had healed her. After returning to San Francisco, she heard of Christian Science and the healing work it was accomplishing. She began attending the Wednesday Evening testimonial meetings, having become convinced that it was Christian Science that had somehow reached her thought and healed her.

At one of these Wednesday Evening meetings she met a man who was on Mrs. Eddy’s household staff, and was visiting in San Francisco. He was leaving soon to return to Pleasant View where Mrs. Eddy was then living. The wife asked him if he would take a letter, expressing her gratitude, to Mrs. Eddy.

When the man arrived at Pleasant View, Mrs. Eddy herself answered the door, greeting him with: “You have a letter for me!” “Yes, Mother,” he answered. “But how did you know that?”

Mrs. Eddy said, “I have waited two years for that letter.”

After receiving it, she inserted lines 8-10 on page 559 of Science and Health. She had demonstrated it—the letter was her answer to the treatment she had given two years earlier.

Excerpt from Mary Baker Eddy – A New Look At Her Place in Bible Prophecy, by Helen M. Wright

There is abundant proof that a Christian Science treatment reaches those who are absent, and that its ministrations are as efficacious in the destruction of error for a patient at a distance as for those who are present at the time they are treated. There are several instances in Scripture which may be taken as authority for “absent treatment.” For example, Naaman the Syrian, who, when he went to the land of Israel to be healed of leprosy, expected to see Elisha the prophet. Elisha, however, knew that it was not necessary for him to see Naaman, to lay his hands upon him, or to have material contact in any way; he knew the truth about man sufficiently to bring about the healing which Naaman desired, but it had to be in accordance with Truth’s methods and not with those of personal sense.

Jesus healed both the centurion’s servant and the nobleman’s son by absent treatment, and thus established a precedent which no Christian should ignore. History does not record any better or more scientific healing than these cases mentioned. The history of Christian Science is replete with instances of the fact that “it is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing.” Mrs. Eddy’s spiritual discovery of the Principle of Christian Science has made it possible in this day and age for man to help his brother in a much larger degree than ever before, because of the enlightened spiritual understanding which comes through a careful study of the Christian Science text-book, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” and because of the illumination of the Scriptures resultant therefrom.

Excerpt of “Absent Treatment” from Christian Science Journal, August 27, 1910, by John L. Rendall

Final Readings

Love is the liberator.

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