Sunday, August 12th, 2018 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

May our Father-Mother God, who in times past hath spread for us a table in the wilderness and “in the midst of our enemies,” establish us in the most holy faith, plant our feet firmly on Truth, the rock of Christ, the “substance of things hoped for” — and fill us with the life and understanding of God, and good will towards men.

— from Christian Science versus Pantheism, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 15

We, to-day, in this class-room, are enough to convert the world if we are of one Mind; for then the whole world will feel the influence of this Mind; as when the earth was without form, and Mind spake and form appeared.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 279: 27-2

Discussion points

Golden Text — “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” — Psalm 139 : 14

Forum post — Wonderfully made by Barbara from PA

Forum post — Voice of Truth by Lynda from PA

The unfolding promises of Mind come through this thought … [that] appeared as persons, tribes, kingdoms, that is, in the language you can best understand, but it is not persons; it is your communion with Principle appearing to you as idea.

— from Christian Science, Its Clear, Correct Teaching, by Herbert Eustace, page 588-589 (bottom numbers)

Calendar quote from August 6th, 2018 — “You do not have to listen to disease when it pretends to argue to you. It has no voice, no intelligence, no symptoms, no presence, no existence.” — Peter V. Ross

Forum post — Reexperience Jonah: the Cup of Sorrowful Effort Voice of Truth by Parthens

Through false estimates of soul as dwelling in sense and of mind as dwelling in matter, belief strays into a sense of temporary loss or absence of soul, spiritual truth. This state of error is the mortal dream of life and substance as existent in matter, and is directly opposite to the immortal reality of being. So long as we believe that soul can sin or that immortal Soul is in mortal body, we can never understand the Science of being.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 311

CHURCH. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.
The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 583

In December, 1912, I applied for membership in First Church of Christ, Scientist, of Chicago, where I had been attending service for three years. In my examination before the Board of said Church, I was asked the following questions.
Did I use manuscripts on Christian Science, written by myself in my practice?
Did I attempt to explain passages in the Bible and in Science and Health to my patients?
Did I teach in connection with my practice, and did I charge for time spent in teaching?
Did I revise manuscripts for books involving the discus­sion of Christian Science?
To all these questions, I replied in the affirmative. I further expressed my intention to continue so to do, in what­ ever way the Spirit of God should seem to lead me. I did not say these things defiantly, and talked in the most loving and conciliatory manner, but, nevertheless, took my stand firmly for my right as an American Citizen and as a Citizen of the kingdom of God to deal with my own patients in whatever manner it seemed to me would best promote their recovery. The Board of First Church did not recommend my name to the Church for membership.

— from An Account of the Severance of My Relations with the Christian Science Organization by Rev. G. A. Kratzer

When the sick or the sinning awake to realize their need of what they have not, they will be receptive of divine Science, which gravitates towards Soul and away from material sense, removes thought from the body, and elevates even mortal mind to the contemplation of some- thing better than disease or sin.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 323

In reality it was her declaration that she functioned under God, so that whatever she said or did by way of treating people in a kindly way, was not because she was a good woman, moral, unselfish and sweet-tempered but because she had demonstrated God’s government to such an extent, that it had become second nature; whatever God required her to do, she had to do It. To think of Mrs. Eddy as doing good because it was an inherent human instinct, was not the right conception of her. In Christian Science students should not express unselfishness and share with others, just because they believe they have loving natures of themselves; but because they are governed by God. To be sure,.. they should always act in a way that will call forth human commendation, and regard but they should do it wholly as Mrs. Eddy did. She made a law for herself that she could not help being kind, because she was governed by a kind God. Christian Science does not merely engender the development of human virtues; it requires one to reflect God. Mrs. Eddy claimed no self-derived virtue. She did not express love from a human motivation of unselfishness and kindness, but from the basis of obedience to God. She did what He told her to do. So when He told her to be stern, she had to be stern, no matter how much she might have wished to be otherwise. In her famous class of ’98 she was asked if Scientists ought to reprove error in others, or if the realization of Love would destroy it without an audible rebuke. She answered, “One of the hardest things I have had to do was to deal with this very question. I would rather at any time dwell on Love alone, and get away from error; but that would not do. It would allow error to increase. Jesus rebuked sharply. I must do so until I arrive at that place in Mind where I cannot see error, where God, Spirit, is All-in-all.

— from Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Precepts by Gilbert Carpenter

Final Readings

Growth is governed by intelligence; by the active, all-wise, law-creating, law-disciplining, law-abiding Prin-ciple, God. The real Christian Scientist is constantlyaccentuating harmony in word and deed, mentally and morally, perpetually repeating this diapason of heaven:“Good is my God, and my God is good. Love is my God,and my God is Love.”

Beloved students, you have entered the path. Presspatiently on; God is good, and good is the reward of allwho diligently seek God. Your growth will be rapid, if you love good supremely, and understand and obey theWay-shower, who, going before you, has scaled the steepascent of Christian Science, stands upon the mount of holiness, the dwelling-place of our God, and bathes in thebaptismal font of eternal Love.

As you journey, and betimes sigh for rest “beside the still waters,” ponder this lesson of love. Learn its pur-pose; and in hope and faith, where heart meets heart reciprocally blest, drink with me the living waters of thespirit of my life-purpose, — to impress humanity withthe genuine recognition of practical, operative Christian Science.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 206-207