Sunday, August 7th, 2022 Roundtable

God to Earth…Come in, Please

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Spirit

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Morning Prayers

Entirely separate from the belief and dream of material living, is the Life divine, revealing spiritual understanding and the consciousness of man’s dominion over the whole earth. This understanding casts out error and heals the sick, and with it you can speak “as one having authority.” “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and, when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” So spake Jesus. The closet typifies the sanctuary of Spirit, the door of which shuts out sinful sense but lets in Truth, Life, and Love.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 14-15

Discussion Points

104 — WATCH lest, when you are striving to make a demonstration, and other students say, “Demonstration is all right, but you must take the human footsteps,” you believe that this means to take some human action as a substitute for spiritual thought. Human footsteps should be the expression of right thinking; but they are effect, and not cause.

One cannot learn to play the piano without practice; yet such practice should never lead one to the point where the thought of technique dominates him, and overshadows feeling, or expression. When subordinate to, and controlled by inspiration, technique becomes a means to an end.

Science and Health tells us to study carefully the letter and to imbibe the Spirit. Study is a human footstep, but it is of little value unless it leads to imbibing the Spirit.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: I John 4 : 1

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

“The Sermon on the Mount”, The Book of Matthew in the King James Bible, chapters 5 through 7

Inspiration: The infusion of ideas into the mind by the Holy Spirit; the communication of the divine will to the understanding by impressions on the mind.

— From 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 392

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

— Alexander Pope, (English poet)

I warn students against falling into this spirit of anti-Christ. The consciousness of corporeality, and whatever is connected therewith, must be outgrown. They are the falsities which include all obstacles to health, holiness, and Heaven. Man’s individual life is infinitely above a bodily existence, and remember, the human concept antagonizes the Divine. “Science and Health, With Key to the Scriptures” on page 228, third and fourth paragraphs, elucidates this topic.

“Hear, O Israel” from Christian Science Journal, February 1894 by Mary Baker Eddy, This article was later republished in Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896: Mis. 307:11-310:9 (excerpt)

Book Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps by Gilbert Carpenter

Father, teach me how to still the clamoring of sense, and fill my place as listener, that I may hear Thy voice and grow to understand Thy Word, and so become Thy messenger. Then teach me how to banish pride and stubborn will that I may be Thy representative with no false sense of human zeal, that every word may bless and heal, when I Thy message give.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 61

There is a spirit in man. Some men hide this spirit in gross and sensual excess, until their bodies become corrupt and vile. But other men make their bodies the instruments for revealing the spirit and for expressing the character incorporated in them.

The Christian Science Sentinel, October 15, 1910, with contributions from J. A. Ross, Charles F. Aked [Universalist Leader.]

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. I JOHN iv. 1.

There are intuitions and intuitions. So a blind following of intuitions is bad; and all intuitions should be tried, whether they are of the Truth, or only echoes from mortal mind, which, if we follow, will lead us into the ditch, where we shall be covered with mire. The presence of an intuition is not necessarily the presence of an angel. We can not safely abandon ourselves to the guidance of intuitions while we are in bondage to the flesh, for the flesh leadeth us astray. There is a better light, the light which was in Christ, and which is the Life of men.

“Intuitions” from Christian Science Journal, August 1888 by A. M. C.

There is a spirit in man; And the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Job xxxii. 8.

It has been said: “All have the faculty of intuition, by which they can receive inspiration from the same great source of light and love, differing only in degree, according to the capacity and aspiration.”

How beautifully this thought is expressed in Jesus’ parable of the Talents. One receives five, another two, and another one. Should others then seem more blessed than ourselves? Shall we murmur at God’s ways, and think them arbitrary and unequal, because gifts are not uniformly distributed? What more reasonable than that everyone should receive gifts commensurate with his capacity?

God is the source of all inspiration. True inspiration is the Lord’s light in the soul, illuminating His kingdom within us. It is even the lamp to our feet, which will eventually lead into all Truth.

Spirit makes not spasmodic appeals to man’s self-consciousness, any more than the sun shines and does not shine at the same time. God changeth not to suit man’s moods. He is always the same good Father and Mother, yesterday, today, and evermore.

One has asked where the place of light is? I should say, the solar centre is the unvarying source of light. Stand then in the Holy Place; get as near to the Sun of Righteousness as is possible; divest your thoughts of earthiness, and thus become a transparency through which Immortal Mind may find expression. “Unless above himself he can erect himself, how poor a thing is man!”

“Inspiration” from Christian Science Journal, July 1888 by Mrs. John Williams

John says, “Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God,” and Paul speaks of the “discerning of spirits” as a Christian attainment. This will be better understood if we refer to Jesus’ words to his apostles, “Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of,” and it will be still clearer when we learn that “Spiritual sight is the discernment of spiritual good” (Science and Health, p. 505). When we are keenly alive to the demands of Principle, there is little danger of our ever becoming the victims of dishonest men. On attending a Christian Science service for the first time a gentleman said that the teaching recalled an experience of earlier years when he was a young employee in a bank. As many counterfeit bills were being passed at the time, he was greatly harassed by the fear lest he might mistake some of them for genuine, and thereby lose his position. On seeking advice from one of his superiors he was told that he would never learn to detect counterfeits by looking for them, but that if he became thoroughly acquainted with genuine bills, and the process of their production, he would be able to detect at a glance the most skillfully executed counterfeit.

It is well known that the dealer in gems pursues this course, and the finer the stones examined by him, the keener the judgment acquired, and this is also obviously true of the mathematician and the musician; but when we come, however, to the study of the vast problem of human existence, the necessity for always keeping the attention fixed on the best and highest is seldom recognized.

The teachings of Christian Science are, however, bringing great changes in this respect, and as they are better understood and applied we shall discern the more surely and quickly the quality of every thought which seeks admission to our consciousness, and we shall allow nothing to enter which would rob us of our sense of any manifestation of good.

“Spiritual Discernment” from Christian Science Sentinel, September 5, 1903 by K.

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