Sunday, November 20th, 2022 Roundtable

Your Body is the Temple of the Living God

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Soul and Body

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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, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 15

Discussion points

296 — WATCH lest you believe that the scientific sense of giving is being manifested and demonstrated when one gives from a limited sense, source or standpoint. True giving is demonstrated only when one recognizes God as the infinite source of all good, and gives with the recognition that he is the channel through which this infinite source finds expression — hence he is giving God’s riches and not his own. When one contributes to the Cause, he must realize that he is putting his hand into God’s pocket book for the money, and not his own.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Isaiah 29 : 15

“Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?”

To live content with small means: to seek elegance rather than luxury: refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully; do all bravely: await occasions, hurry never,— in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common — this is to be my symphony.

— from Christian Science Journal, August 1894 by William E. Channing.

TEMPLE. Body; the idea of Life, substance, and intelligence; the superstructure of Truth; the shrine of Love; a material superstructure, where mortals congregate for worship.

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 595

The discovery and founding of Christian Science has cost more than thirty years of unremitting toil and unrest; but, comparing those with the joy of knowing that the sinner and the sick are helped thereby, that time and eternity bear witness to this gift of God to the race, “I am the debtor.”

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 382

Assimilate: to take into the mind and thoroughly understand; to take in and utilize as nourishment : to absorb into the system; to make similar; to be taken in or absorbed.

— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

From this example of Jesus we should learn to prepare in advance for temptation by filling our hearts in the days of youth and early life with the truths of God’s word. The soldier cannot learn the art of war when the battle is upon him; if he is not already trained he can only suffer defeat. When the tempter has come, there will be no time to search texts with which to ward off his blows; but if we have sacred words treasured in our hearts, it will be easy to draw them forth, as arrows from a quiver, for use at any moment of danger.

— “Put on the Whole Armor”, from Christian Science Sentinel, March 15, 1900, – Selected

One of the most deplorable forms of idolatry is the worship of the mortal body. It is not made in the “image and likeness” of God, therefore it is a false god. To worship it in the sense of giving it any power, authority or dominion whatever, is having another god than the God of the Decalogue. Well may this sweeping declaration against it constitute the first statement of that mighty Chart of Liberty which came out from amidst the burning bush and the thunderings and lightnings of Sinai! Well may Jesus, the great expounder and exemplifier of the Decalogue, have caught these reverberating thunder tones, and reemphasized them again and again in word and act and demonstration: “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” This was but a verbal reaffirmance of the Mosaic inhibition. Indeed Jesus’ whole mission was but such reaffirmance, for every false conception of life in matter and power and intelligence apart from God, is included in this body-worship.

— from Christian Science Journal, April 1894, By Editor

Whoever eats of material food and drinks of material water very soon hungers and thirsts again. But whoever thoroughly assimilates divine Truth and Love into his consciousness has them as continuing possessions, which never pass away, which never have to be relearned, but which are always ready in consciousness for use. Since the terms “consciousness” and “life” are practically synonymous, Truth and Love, which are the support of consciousness, are the support of life, and are “living fountains of waters.”

Take no thought for what we eat, drink and put on (Matthew 6: 25 – 33) …Life is so much more than this. When man wakes up to fact that life is not about the body and “thoroughly assimilates divine Truth and Love into his consciousness,” he will be eternally blessed.

— from Revelation Interpreted, by Rev. Kratzer, page 148

Final Readings

Article — “Body – First Article”, Addresses by Martha Wilcox

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