Sunday January 10th, 2021 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

The Christianly scientific man reflects the divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself. He does violence to no man. Neither is he a false accuser. The Christian Scientist wisely shapes his course, and is honest and consistent in following the leadings of divine Mind. He must prove, through living as well as healing and teaching, that Christ’s way is the only one by which mortals are radically saved from sin and sickness.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 458

You must feel and know that God alone governs man; that His government is harmonious; that He is too pure to behold iniquity, and divides His power with nothing evil or material; that material laws are only human beliefs, which govern mortals wrongfully.

— from Rudimental Divine Science, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 10

Oh, may the light that is never dim so encompass you, that no night is there. May His angels hold thee in their power, and Songs of Science be heard in the intuitions of thought, till your life is in tune with the rhythm of God.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 224

Discussion points

416 — WATCH lest, in your zeal to go forward and to do God’s work, you use human will without subordinating it to Truth. The way to build through spiritual power and to build up confidence in spiritual power, is first to know that of yourself you can do nothing. Then you must realize that because the power of God is with you, you can do all things; that nothing can stay its hand; that it is always successful; and that there is no conceivable collection of falsity that can stand before it.

If you do not start with this realization, you are apt to use the human will alone. If, when the need comes to exercise spiritual power, you start right in without this proper preliminary of realizing that of yourself you can do nothing, without this deflation of self — and that what you are carrying to the problem is wholly the power of God, the power that holds the universe as you would hold a rubber ball, you are not subordinating the power of the human will to Truth. You must not start to build until you get the right thing to build. First realize the power that you represent — the infinite law of which you are the custodian — and then take that to the problem.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: II Chronicles 34 : 27

“Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words, I have even heard thee also, saith the Lord.”

Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 393

Article — The Covenant by Nathaniel Dickey

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

— Micah 6: 8

“Never fear to make a mistake. That is how we learn.”

— Gary Singleterry

“It is unfortunate for English-speaking Christians that by a confessedly inaccurate translation, we habitually speak of the Old and the New Testament; whereas we should say Old Covenant and New Covenant. Under both dispensations God is seeking to covenant with men. In the English revision of the Scriptures ‘covenant’ is everywhere given in the text, with ‘testament’ in the margin; in the American version the word is ‘covenant,’ with no alternative. It is a profound truth that the Parent Spirit is pledged to save and bless, oil the condition that we believe, love, and obey.”

— O. F. Stafford, D.D.

All you ever have to give up, is sin, disease and death.

— Plainfield Roundtable

If all who seek his commemoration through material symbols will take up the cross, heal the sick, cast out evils, and preach Christ, or Truth, to the poor, — the receptive thought, — they will bring in the millennium.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 34

The millennium is a state and stage of mental advancement, going on since ever time was. Its impetus, accelerated by the advent of Christian Science, is marked, and will increase till all men shall know Him (divine Love) from the least to the greatest, and one God and the brotherhood of man shall be known and acknowledged through out the earth.

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 239-240

Those who love nasturtiums have no doubt noticed that the flower-stems vary greatly in length. The flowers on the ends of the vines or in sunny locations, while just as bright and perfect, have short stems, while those close to the ground, under the thick leaves or back in shady corners, have long stems. They have had to reach a long way up to the sunlight. At first, the tiny buds down under the leaves must have had little sense of the sunshine. Thick, overhanging leaves shut them in, but they felt the call of the light; they needed it and steadily they grew toward it. One by one they rose above the leaves, and each finally presented its offering of fragrance and beauty. This effort made them the more desirable for service.

They had gained by overcoming. The lesson is obvious. When we first hear the call of Christian Science, to many of us it seems a long, hard way to reach the plane of spiritual understanding. Inherited false material beliefs seem to hide the light of Truth and interfere with our progress, but, like the flowers, we can rise above them all. Indeed, as Mrs. Eddy has said: “Only as we rise above all material sensuousness and sin, can we reach the heaven-born aspiration and spiritual consciousness, which is indicated in the Lord’s Prayer and which instantaneously heals the sick.” “We apprehend Life in divine Science only as we live above corporeal sense and correct it” (Science and Health, pp. 16, 167).

We do not need to transplant the flower to enable it to reach the sunshine. We know that it will rise above the leaves, and gain by that same effort. So in life, we do not have to go away from our home and friends or change our environment to come to our own. It may be our duty and our vantage to work out the life-problem just where we are, even though our surroundings may seem discouraging. In so doing we shall learn our lessons and gain strength. In rising above the seeming obstacles of our own path, we shall gain the freedom to reach and the wisdom to help others. As we look at the plants in the garden bed, nothing but leaves may appear; but under the leaves the buds are surely pushing their way upward, and when they reach the light, they will be all the stronger, and have the longer stems we so much desire, because of their patient effort. If, therefore, we see no evidence of the coming of our dear ones to Christian Science, we may still know that all is well. Under the unpromising seeming there is the fact that man, in truth, is God’s child, and in the light of the Father’s love, ever present and ever active, human sense will in due time yield to the drawing power of love, and spiritual sense will find its blossoming.

These flowers bring us yet another lesson. The buds near the ends of the runners bloom so quickly and easily because the parent vine has lifted them up into the light. This is a thought for us who are parents. We may and should so live that we shall help our children, and bring them more quickly to the apprehension and enjoyment of Truth.

Jesus said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid [hinder] them not.” Mrs. Eddy has said: “Christianity causes men to turn naturally from matter to Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light. Man then appropriates those things which ‘eye hath not seen nor ear heard'” (Science and Health, p. 458). If we are truly living the Christ-life in the home, our sweetness and strength will make daily contribution to the betterment, the advance of all about us, and especially those who are nearest and dearest.

— “Longing for Light” in the Christian Science Sentinel, July 4th 1914, by by Mary Ward Lewis

SHEM (Noah’s son). A corporeal mortal; kindly affection; love rebuking error; reproof of sensualism.

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 594:14

Demonstration: The highest degree of evidence; certain proof exhibited, or such proof as establishes a fact or proposition beyond a possibility of doubt, or as shows the contrary position to be absurd or impossible.

— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

Consecration: Separating from a common to a sacred use; the act of devoting or dedicating a person or thing to the service and worship of God.

— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

Whoever would demonstrate the healing of Christian Science must abide strictly by its rules, heed every statement, and advance from the rudiments laid down. There is nothing difficult nor toilsome in this task, when the way is pointed out; but self-denial, sincerity, Christianity, and persistence alone win the prize, as they usually do in every department of life.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 462

The Christian Scientist wisely shapes his course, and is honest and consistent in following the leadings of divine Mind. He must prove, through living as well as healing and teaching, that Christ’s way is the only one by which mortals are radically saved from sin and sickness.

Christianity causes men to turn naturally from matter to Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light. Man then appropriates those things which “eye hath not seen nor ear heard.” Paul and John had a clear apprehension that, as mortal man achieves no worldly honors except by sacrifice, so he must gain heavenly riches by forsaking all worldliness. Then he will have nothing in common with the worldling’s affections, motives, and aims. Judge not the future advancement of Christian Science by the steps already taken, lest you yourself be condemned for failing to take the first step.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 458

All good is. You cannot create one iota of good. It is already present. In reality all see it because in reality all are Christian Scientists. There are none to be made. It is no longer a case of ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all do know Him ‘from the least of them unto the greatest of them.

— from Christian Science, its “Clear, Correct Teaching” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 362

Forum post — Sent by Parthens

articles — Improve Your Time by Mary Baker Eddy

The Hebrew word “Shema” can mean to “hear, listen, obey, heed, pay attention,” so Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is known as “the Shema.” According to Chris Nye, “The Jewish tradition and particularly the Old Testament culture, did not differentiate between ‘hearing’ and ‘doing’ or between ‘listening’ and ‘obeying.’…God wants a heart where the listening is inextricably linked to the obeying…..To Jesus, listening without obedience is foolish….Maybe…we are only truly listening to God when weare obeying Him. This seems to be what it means to Shema.”

Forum post — As God directs. by Louise from MO

Final Readings

Christian Science and the senses are at war. It is a revolutionary struggle. We already have had two in this nation; and they began and ended in a contest for the true idea, for human liberty and rights. Now cometh a third struggle; for the freedom of health, holiness, and the attainment of heaven.

The scientific sense of being which establishes harmony, enters into no compromise with finiteness and feebleness. It undermines the foundations of mortality, of physical law, breaks their chains, and sets the captive free, opening the doors for them that are bound.

The Science of omnipotence demonstrates but one power, and this power is good, not evil; not matter, but Mind. This virtually destroys matter and evil, including sin and disease.

Science has inaugurated the irrepressible conflict between sense and Soul. Mortal thought wars with this sense as one that beateth the air, but Science outmasters it, and ends the warfare. This proves daily that “one on God’s side is a majority.”

How shall we reach our true selves? Through Love. The Principle of Christian Science is Love, and its idea represents Love. This divine Principle and idea are demonstrated, in healing, to be God and the real man.

I will love, if another hates. I will gain a balance on the side of good, my true being. This alone gives me the forces of God wherewith to overcome all error.

Because God is Mind, and this Mind is good, all is good and all is Mind. God is the sum total of the universe. Then what and where are sin, sickness, and death? Christian Science and Christian Scientists will, must, have a history; and if I could write the history in poor parody on Tennyson’s grand verse, it would read thus: —

Traitors to right of them,
M. D.’s to left of them,
Priestcraft in front of them,
Volleyed and thundered!
Into the jaws of hate,
Out through the door of Love,
On to the blest above,
Marched the one hundred.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 105-106

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