Sunday, September 9th, 2018 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Oh, my God, I offer as a consecrated gift upon Thine altar, a heart dedicated to Thy service, lips speaking only words of charity, love, and truth, thoughts striving to be only the true thoughts of the Mind of God. Help me to endure unto the end, strong in the faith, powerful in the truth, all the influence that I can bring to bear, all the force of tongue or pen that is mine, I offer in Thy service. May heaven help, consecrate, and accept.

— Mrs. Eddy’s Prayer, given at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, found in both the April 1885 Christian Science Journal and in Mary Baker Eddy’s Six Days of Revelation, page 171

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 — “The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.” — Psalm 45: 13/p>

Forum post — Perverteth by Barbara from PA

Opposite to good, is the universal claim of evil that seeks the proportions of good. There may be those who, having learned the power of the unspoken thought, use it to harm rather than to heal, and who are using that power against Christian Scientists. This giant sin is the sin against the Holy Ghost spoken of in Matt. xii. 31, 32.

— from Chapter 3: Questions and Answers in Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 55: 9-15

16:31 Message of 1901. Mental malpractice p 19 :28-to p 21: 5 read by Gary

The whole world needs to know that the milder forms of animal magnetism and hypnotism are yielding to its aggressive features. We have no moral right and no authority in Christian Science for influencing the thoughts of others, except it be to serve God and benefit mankind. Man is properly self-governed, and he should be guided by no other mind than Truth, the divine Mind. Christian Science gives neither moral right nor might to harm either man or beast. The Christian Scientist is alone with his own being and with the reality of things. The mental malpractitioner is not, cannot be, a Christian Scientist; he is disloyal to God and man; he has every opportunity to mislead the human mind, and he uses it. People may listen complacently to the suggestion of the inaudible falsehood, not knowing what is hurting them or that they are hurt. This mental bane could not bewilder, darken, or misguide consciousness, physically, morally, or spiritually, if the individual knew what was at work and his power over it.

This unseen evil is the sin of sins; it is never forgiven. Even the agony and death that it must sooner or later cause the perpetrator, cannot blot out its effects on himself till he suffers up to its extinction and stops practising it. The crimes committed under this new-old régime of necromancy or diabolism are not easily reckoned. At present its mystery protects it, but its hidden modus and flagrance will finally be known, and the laws of our land will handle its thefts, adulteries, and murders, and will pass sentence on the darkest and deepest of human crimes.

Christian Scientists are not hypnotists, they are not mortal mind-curists, nor faith-curists; they have faith, but they have Science, understanding, and works as well. They are not the addenda, the et ceteras, or new editions of old errors; but they are what they are, namely, students of a demonstrable Science leading the ages.

— from the section “Mental MalpracticE” in Message for 1901 by Mary Baker Eddy, page 19:28 to page 21: 5

Forum post — purposed in his heart by Lynda from PA

Forum post — To begin rightly is to end rightly by Jeremy from NJ

Forum post — Be Careful Not To Break The 1st Commandment by Mrs. Roberts

Final Readings

If We Say, “I Want”

If we say, “I want,” we obscure “I AM.” The only “I” there is, cannot want. Man is a state of possession, not of desire. When we set aside “I want,” then “I AM” is present. If there is anything you want, stop and think; that’s the reason you haven’t got it.

When you see that everything and everybody is gov- erned by God, that is the Ark, and there is safety. When you seek manifestation, you are separation. A Christian Scientist is of value, only as he evaluates.

Peter was all right, and making his demonstration until fear came in, then he sank.

We are not making a living; living is Being, and Being is God, and God is living.

When you are handling fear, handle it; don’t be it. Don’t put your fear into your treatment of fear.

Spirit is the only tangible thing; tangibility is Substance, and substance is Spirit.

Someone said, “It seems to me, the claim constantly is, that we cannot see Spirit.” The answer was, “My dear, you cannot see anything else, but Spirit; it would be im- possible to, even if you tried.”

— from Collected Writings by Bicknell Young

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