Sunday, November 13th, 2022 Roundtable

Morning Prayers

We Must Make Plans for Our Immortality

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Mortals and Immortals

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Morning Prayers

Hold to the correct view of man that heals. We adulterate the Truth when we have a false sense of God and Man. We have idols when we hold in thought the beliefs of sin, sickness and death, and believe them to be real. We break the law when we believe that evil is as real as good, for this is a false sense which sees only the inverted image and not the true idea of God; hence it prevents us from reflecting the healing Truth, having but one God and loving our neighbor as ourself.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 101

Discussion points

297 — WATCH that you consider properly what might be called one’s surplus thinking. If you pull up the weeds in your garden without regard to those surrounding it, you have a steady job, since the weeds around it continually encroach upon it. If we cultivate right thinking in reference to disease or to sick patients, and go no further, the weeds of thought in relation to the rest of our human experience may encroach on that small plot of cultivated right thinking.

Mrs. Eddy once declared, “If you do not have patients come to you, you can treat the birds and plants; they need treatment.” The birds and plants might stand for our surplus thinking, since we malpractice on whatever we hold in thought as being material or mortal. The whole of creation cries out to us to stop malpracticing on it, by holding it as matter, and subject to sin, sickness, decay and death. Our effort to think right starts with the endeavor to stop malpracticing on our own bodies when we suffer as a result of it, and to help others who are sick, by this same method. Such effort, however, is only a beginning in the right direction. We can never be called right thinkers until we have corrected our surplus thinking.

Once during a thunderstorm Mrs. Eddy directed her students to handle the surplus of electricity. This term suggests mortal mind that has gotten out of control and is running amuck. Mrs. Eddy saw the need of controlling and correcting it, and admonished her students to do likewise.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Romans 6 : 23

“The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Instead of being bound for the grave we must know we are on the eternal road of Life, that has no sense of death.

from “Essays Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy” in Essays and Other Footprints (the “Red Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 13

“Immortality”, from 1949 Association Address, by Herbert E. Rieke

Article “Age” Lessons of the Seventh Day by Mary Baker Eddy, page 134-136

Science and Health is the angel sent down from heaven. M.A.M. is the bottomless pit, and Science and Health gives us the key to it. It unlocks the mystery of ages, and its declarations of Truth are the chain which binds that old serpent, the devil, for a thousand years – that is, it reduces sin, sickness, and death to a ‘unit of nothingness’. Unity of Good is the seal that was put upon the devil and Satan, for its teachings make it impossible for him to longer deceive the nations.

from Essays and Other Footprints (the “Red Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 137

Mr. Kimball said, ‘In a recent conversation with Mrs. Eddy, I said, “Mother, I am telling the people that no matter what the error to be overcome is, they must always remember, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee.’ Am I making this too strong?” “No,” she said, “You are not making it strong enough. There is absolutely no cause for failure, or discouragement, or sorrow. Every Scientist must put absolutely out of his thought the belief that he must sometime change to another plane of existence. God is Life. There is no other plane of existence, and we must make our plans for immortality – stop talking about death. There is no death to Life.”’

from “Essays Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy” in Essays and Other Footprints (the “Red Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 272

The mariner diligently follows the course to his destination, his eye on the compass, alert to any slightest deviation, and quick to adjust the helm. So we, having perceived the direct and indestructible relationship of man to his perfect creator, God, should ever maintain in consciousness our unity with infinite good, and be as eager and alert as he to detect by means of our thought-compass that which would betray us and send us headlong upon the reefs of doubt and discouragement. By quickly returning to the truth of being, and continuing there, we shorten the journey from sense to Soul, from grief to joy, from sickness to health.

—”Staying with the Truth” from Christian Science Sentinel, December 10, 1927, By Paul Louis Welke

She (Mary Baker Eddy) gave a warning that the time might come when medical thought might be so organized that it would make the practice of Christian Science almost impossible. The remedy given was not the counter power of Christian Science churches, but: “When [that] time comes I want my students to take every means possible to make Science and Health available to the whole world.”

From — Mary Baker Eddy’s Six Days of Revelation, page 321

“No Big Power Veto”, from 1948 Association Address, by Herbert E. Rieke

Final Readings

This gift above all other gifts, this gift of eternal life, is … the knowledge or understanding of God … How is this great blessing to be obtained? How can mankind attain to its possession? Jesus answered this same question when it was asked by the young man whom he loved, in his reply: “Go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor.” That is, in essence, Separate yourself from all that has hitherto made up the sum total of your human existence. Loose your hold upon material things; cease to cling to worldly possessions. The cherished ambition, the secret desire for wealth or fame, the hunger for personal affection—what are these, when weighed in the balance with that abundant life which Jesus came to bring to mankind?

Part with everything earthly that thou hast! Pride of intellect, with its innumerable ramifications—self-esteem, unjust criticism, false judgment, corroding envy and jealousy, mortal beliefs, all must drop from us. And then, being completely shorn of this garment of Phariseeism with which we have so long clothed ourselves, how withal shall we be clothed? “With the garments of salvation,” the prophet Isaiah tells us; with gentleness, meekness, health, joy, peace, wisdom, purity, love. To some this may seem an ideal so far removed from our finite sense as to be impossible of attainment, nevertheless the command of Jesus was that we should be perfect, and he would not have issued a command impossible of fulfilment.

Not all at once, however, can we don this “robe of righteousness.” It must first be woven, slowly, patiently, trustingly, happily, day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment, with the warp and woof of right thinking. Belief in the reality of things material must be replaced by the understanding that God alone is real; dependence upon the dicta of the human mind must be transformed into absolute reliance upon the one intelligence, the one Mind; the hungry human heart, which has hitherto looked to finite affection for its sustenance, must find its complete satisfaction in divine Love. Then, when the perfect pattern is wrought, when the wedding garment is finished, when the purified and enlightened consciousness is ready to receive this “unspeakable gift,” there shall come the revelation of Truth, of “Christ, who is our life,” and all sense of inharmony and discord, of ignorance and sin, of sickness and death, shall be swept away, and the true man, emerging from the darkness of error, shall stand forth in the radiant glory of eternal, imperishable being, without beginning and without end, made in God’s image and likeness.

— “The Unspeakable Gift” from Christian Science Sentinel, January 13, 1912, by Mary H. W. Carter

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