Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 Roundtable | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 Roundtable

Christian Science, the Religion of Love

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Christian Science

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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, 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 — “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” — I Peter 4 : 10




476 — WATCH that you hold a right concept of what denials accomplish in Christian Science. Once a student had a pain. He denied it, and prayed to be shown where he had erred. He asked God to teach him the lesson he needed to learn; but the pain persisted. Finally he prayed, “Oh God, rock me to sleep in Your arms.” At once the pain disappeared.

He learned that our work with error, or our denials, do not heal. The pain left when he sought a positive sense of good in which the error was submerged, as it were. This is why Mrs. Eddy once said, “Never leave a treatment until consciousness is baptized in Love.”

— Watching Point 476 from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter




If Christian healing is abused by mere smatterers in Science, it becomes a tedious mischief- maker. Instead of scientifically effecting a cure, it starts a petty crossfire over every cripple and invalid, buffeting them with the superficial and cold assertion, “Nothing ails you.”

— Citation 8 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 460: 18-23




Forum post — Nothing Ails You by Mrs. Roberts




The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love.

— Citation 1 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 113: 5-6




The physician who lacks sympathy for his fellow-being is deficient in human affection, and we have the apostolic warrant for asking: “He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” Not having this spiritual affection, the physician lacks faith in the divine Mind and has not that recognition of infinite Love which alone confers the healing power. Such so-called Scientists will strain out gnats, while they swallow the camels of bigoted pedantry.

If we would open their prison doors for the sick, we must first learn to bind up the broken- hearted. If we would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent of spiritual healing under the napkin of its form, nor bury the morale of Christian Science in the grave-clothes of its letter.

— Citation 11 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 366




CARD

SINCE my attention has been called to the article in the May JOURNAL, I think it would have been wiser not to have organized the GENERAL ASSOCIATION FOR DISPENSING CHRISTIAN SCIENCE LITERATURE.

1. Because I disbelieve in the utility of so wide spread an organization. It tends to promote monopolies, class legis­lation and unchristian motives for Christian work.

2. I consider my students as capable, individually, of selecting their own reading matter and circulating it, as a committee would be which is chosen for this purpose.

I shall have nothing further to say on this subject, but hope my students’ conclusion will be wisely drawn, and tend to promote the welfare of those outside, as well as inside this organization.

MARY B. G. EDDY

NOTICE

HAVING awakened to the fact that material means and methods cannot be incorporated in the practical demonstration and work of Divine Science and especially in the circulation of Christian Science literature I hereby recall the request made in the May JOURNAL, namely—” that Scientists organize for the systematic distribution of Christian Science literature,” and hereby declare the General Association for Dispensing Christian Science Literature disorganized from date.

CAROL NORTON,

General Secretary.




Final Readings

MY BELOVED BRETHREN: — The divine might of Truth demands well-doing in order to demonstrate truth, and this not alone in accord with human desire but with spiritual power. St. John writes: “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” The sear leaves of faith without works, scattered abroad in Zion’s waste places, appeal to reformers, “Show me thy faith by thy works.”

Christian Science is not a dweller apart in royal solitude; it is not a law of matter, nor a transcendentalism that heals only the sick. This Science is a law of divine Mind, a persuasive animus, an unerring impetus, an ever-present help. Its presence is felt, for it acts and acts wisely, always unfolding the highway of hope, faith, understanding. It is the higher criticism, the higher hope, and its effect on man is mainly this — that the good which has come into his life, examination compels him to think genuine, whoever did it. A Christian Scientist verifies his calling. Choose ye!

When, by losing his faith in matter and sin, one finds the spirit of Truth, then he practises the Golden Rule spontaneously; and obedience to this rule spiritualizes man, for the world’s nolens volens cannot enthrall it. Lust, dishonesty, sin, disable the student; they preclude the practice or efficient teaching of Christian Science, the truth of man’s being. The Scripture reads: “He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” On this basis, how many are following the Way-shower? We follow Truth only as we follow truly, meekly, patiently, spiritually, blessing saint and sinner with the leaven of divine Love which woman has put into Christendom and medicine.

A genuine Christian Scientist loves Protestant and Catholic, D.D. and M.D., — loves all who love God, good; and he loves his enemies. It will be found that, instead of opposing, such an individual subserves the interests of both medical faculty and Christianity, and they thrive together, learning that Mind-power is good will towards men. Thus unfolding the true metal in character, the iron in human nature rusts away; honesty and justice characterize the seeker and finder of Christian Science.

The pride of place or power is the prince of this world that hath nothing in Christ. Our great Master said: “Except ye . . . become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven,” — the reign of righteousness, the glory of good, healing the sick and saving the sinner. The height of my hope must remain. Glory be to Thee, Thou God most high and nigh.

— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 210