Sunday, October 21st, 2018 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Each day I pray for the pacification of all national difficulties, for the brotherhood of man, for the end of idolatry and infidelity, and for the growth and establishment of Christian religion — Christ’s Christianity. I also have faith that my prayer availeth, and that He who is overturning will overturn until He whose right it is shall reign. Each day I pray: “God bless my enemies; make them Thy friends; give them to know the joy and the peace of love.”

— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, 220: 14-23

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

Read accounts of Mrs. Eddy placing her hand on a lion’s paw, and also of her visits to her Mother Church in Boston, from Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer, Amplified Edition by Yvonne Cahe von Fettweis and Robert Townsend Warneck

Golden Text — “By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.” — Proverbs 22:4

1. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
12. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13. Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Spoke about Diana’s testimony from Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 about learning to pity someone that is being handled by error, instead of holding resentment or anger against them.

CONSCIOUS THOUGHT, BEING THE BODY, the body is that of which we are conscious. In order to have a healthy, harmonious body, we must understand our infinite body in a scientific way. To be conscious of war as actual, is unhealthy. To believe we have enemies is unhealthy. Injustice is unhealthy, and it is not to be tolerated, because such things mean an unhealthy body. We are not dealing with persons, places, or things, and it is necessary to rid ourselves of this belief.

— from “Oneness” in Collected Writings by Bicknell Young, page 146

Forum post — Atonement as Alignment by Parthens

Quote from Martin Luther — “I am far too busy to ever spend any less than four hours in my prayer”

War-waging between good and evil, that is, between suppositional forces of evil and the forces of good, must be understood. For centuries the world has pictured to us the result of war-waging between good and evil, as if evil was real. As a result, eventually, one side claims itself victorious, and the other realizes itself defeated, with all the resentment and injustices that go with it, until eventually it springs up again. It is not possible to shoot, kill, or blow up aggression, greed, dishonesty, human will. These and other things, which are the basis of war, are not exterminated in this way. No one believes that any more. The way these beliefs can be exterminated, is by scientific consciousness, that “Principle and its idea is one, and this one is God, …(S&H 465:17)

— from “Oneness” in Collected Writings by Bicknell Young, page 134

WATCH that you remember that Jesus compared the error in you that causes you to see an error in your brother man, to his error, by declaring that it was as a beam is to a mote.A mote would be a very small particle of a beam.When we become aware of the error in others, we should remember that our work is to deal with the error in us that makes it possible for us to behold error in others.Then and only then are we really in a position to help our brother.The error in us that sees error in others is what we must deal with and cast out.See Matt. 7

— Watching Point 482 from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation, are God’s gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christianization and health of mankind.

— Citation 3 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 1: 6-9

Every pang of repentance and suffering, every effort for reform, every good thought and deed, will help us to understand Jesus’ atonement for sin and aid its efficacy; but if the sinner continues to pray and repent, sin and be sorry, he has little part in the atonement, — in the at-one-ment with God, — for he lacks the practical repentance, which reforms the heart and enables man to do the will of wisdom. Those who cannot demonstrate, at least in part, the divine Principle of the teachings and practice of our Master have no part in God. If living in disobedience to Him, we ought to feel no security, although God is good.

— Citation 7 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 19: 6-11, 17-28

If we have triumphed sufficiently over the errors of material sense to allow Soul to hold the control, we shall loathe sin and rebuke it under every mask.

— Citation 8 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 30: 26-3

Final Readings

In Revelation, where John describes the city foursquare, he says, “There shall be no night there, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.” What is this “there,” where there shall be no night? Is it a locality, here or distant? We have been told in Christian Science, that the place where there shall be no night, is in individual consciousness, through understanding the oneness of God and man. Here is that individual consciousness, where is no evil, war or darkness; none in God, nor in the idea which expresses Him. We cannot wait, hope, and pray for it to take place anywhere else; just here, where we are thinking. In every deed, we are the temple of the living God, for temple is where we dwell, and we know consciousness is our dwelling place. This is equivalent to saying our consciousness is the living God. Then in order for God to be made manifest, this is the way, the place where it is to occur. Here in this God-consciousness, there shall be no night, no belief in evil, sin, sickness, death, sorrow, poverty, dissension, hatred, jealousy, war, or the etceteras of mortal belief. The gates of this city, divine consciousness, are never shut, and nothing enters it which “defileth or maketh a lie,” and the nations of them that are saved, shall walk in the light of it, and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.

You, each one of you, is this city, and this is our work. Then shall come to pass, as stated in the book of Revelation, the end of all error. There was found on the back of an ancient measuring instrument this inscription: “Jesus saith, ‘Let not him who seeks, cease until he find, and when he finds, he shall be astonished. Astonished, he shall reach the kingdom; he shall find rest.’ (Logio from Osyrinchus.) The kingdom of heaven is within you, and whosoever shall know himself shall find it. Strive, therefore, to know yourself, and ye shall know that ye are the sons of the Father, and that ye are in the city of God and ye are the city.”

— from “Oneness” in Collected Writings by Bicknell Young, page 136-137

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