Sunday, November 11th, 2018 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

May the divine light of Christian Science which lighteth every enlightened thought, illumine my faith and understanding, exclude all darkness and doubt, signal the perfect faith wherein to walk, the perfect Principle whereby to demonstrate the perfect man and perfect law of God.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “blue book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 62

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

497 — WATCH that you measure your growth by God rather than man, by the distance your brethren in Christ have traveled with you, and not by the distance you have traveled away from them. Jesus told us that as we are lifted up, we will draw all men unto us. As we rise into the consciousness of eternal harmony, we must feel that we are taking all mankind with us, since divine sonship belongs to all.

— Watching Point 497 from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?” — Isaiah 2 : 22

3. Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
13. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.

Forum post — Responsive Reading Galatians 3:13 by Ken from PA

Forum post — Adam dream by Lynda from PA

Forum post — reflection vs artistic temperament by Elizabeth from GA

Forum post — “There Is A River” by Parthens

Final Readings

“Deflection,” according to Webster, means “to turn aside or deviate from a true course.” In Christian Science, “deflection” has reference to mortal man and to all that constitutes mortal man. Our textbook teaches that the untrue image of God, held in the human mind, is all there is to what we call mortal man. Then the correct sense of mortal man is not that of entity or existence, but is an untrue image or “deflection” of the actual man at hand.

“Deflection” results when the true appearance of actual man is “turned aside” or “deviated” by thought passing through a mind unillumined by Truth. This deviation of thought causes the actual man at hand to appear as sinning mortal man; the actual man is not changed, but his actuality is seen in reversion or as deflection.

Actuality, the only thing that is at hand, does not need healing. It is God’s very presence. The deflection, like the mirage lake or blue door seen through blue glass, is nonexistent, and we cannot do anything to that which does not exist. It does not fill space, it is purely false appearance in the unillumined mind.

165 Demonstration depends upon improved processes. The demonstration of Christian Science depends upon the degree we attain the Christ Mind in us to see actualities at hand where the deflections or false conditions seem to be. It is only as we have (are) the Christ Mind, or are sensibly living Truth within ourselves as our own Mind, that we can see the Christ or the actuality of anyone or anything.

— from Deflection in Addresses by Martha Wilcox, page 162

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