Sunday, September 25th, 2022 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

“The Scriptures plainly declare the allness and oneness of God to be the premises of Truth, and that God is good: in Him dwelleth no evil. Christian Science authorizes the logical conclusion drawn from the Scriptures, that there is in reality none besides the eternal, infinite God, good.”

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 93

“…nothing inharmonious can enter being, for Life is God. Heredity is a prolific subject for mortal belief to pin theories upon; but if we learn that nothing is real but the right, we shall have no dangerous inheritances, and fleshly ills will disappear. The enslavement of man is not legitimate. It will cease when man enters into his heritage of freedom, his God-given dominion over the material senses. Mortals will some day assert their freedom in the name of Almighty God. Then they will control their own bodies through the understanding of divine Science. Dropping their present beliefs, they will recognize harmony as the spiritual reality and discord as the material unreality.”

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 228

Discussion points

371 — WATCH that in your work for individuals and the world, you handle the belief of chemicalization. War may result when students work for the world and pour in a sweet consciousness of God’s presence and government, and then fail to handle chemicalization. We must declare and know that the Truth which we reflect goes forth to bless, and not in reality to destroy error, since there is none to destroy, other than in belief. The Truth we send out goes forth to feed mankind spiritually, not to harm them. All mankind are ideas of God, and so they receive this Truth and love it, and in reality have no mortal thought to be stirred or upset by it. We must know that no one possesses a mortal mind that can oppose Truth, and that mortal mind does not possess anyone.

It is certain that our mental work does feed the world spiritually; that those to whom we send it are blessed thereby; that they develop and grow under it; that they love it naturally; and that it brings peace on earth and goodwill to men. However, we must declare that the action of Truth does not aggravate error to anyone’s harm, since in reality there is no error to be aggravated; that its action makes man happy and free; that it heals him and purifies him. Under this kind of general treatment the world is safe, and the work of Christian Scientists does not produce chemicalization that may appear as war.

Mrs. Eddy once said to Gilbert Carpenter: “Our work does good. We have not the ability or power to do harm. There is no law that can give anyone the power to do harm. God’s law is the only law and that does good, not harm, and can give man only the power to do good, not defeat, but victory.” She also said, “Every true and noble thought helps raise humanity and lets the light in.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: II Corinthians 4 : 6

“God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

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Chapter 7: “Pond and Purpose”, from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 203

How far the original meaning was obscured may be seen in the word repent, which occurs fifty–five times in various forms throughout the New Testament, and wherever this English word occurs it has been translated from some form of the verb metanoeo in the Greek text. Now this Greek word translated repent really means in plain English a complete change in one’s basis of thinking, or more literally interpreted, that one is looking at things from the wrong angle and must take an opposite view to get the truth. On the other hand, the word repent is derived from the Latin root which means to punish. The two words are entirely divergent in origin and have little meaning in common.

“Repent Ye” from The Christian Science Journal, May 1917, by William B. Harrison

The greatest punishments incurred by sin consist in the loss of spiritual ability. God does not need to set up any external bars to prevent us from entering upon the possessions and advantages due only to the righteous. The prohibition lies in the soul of the unrighteous man himself. He cannot appropriate the things which are the rewards of virtue. He lacks the faculty for doing so. When Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” it was saying that the man who is not Spirit-born is incapable of knowing what the kingdom of God is. No gates and walls shut him out of the kingdom; it lies all about him. He simply cannot see it. Paul pointed to the same law when he said, “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, … and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” That is the dreadful retribution of unspiritual life: the whole world of spiritual things is made indiscernible. When other people talk about them to the “natural man” they seem like “foolishness,” vain imaginings, and delusions. He smiles incredulously or contemptuously. Unconscious that he is blind, he denies the reality of things which other people, having spiritual sight, declare they see. And throughout the whole range of spiritual life the man of carnal nature cannot enter into the experiences of the Christian. That gracious, heavenly light that sometimes “surprises the Christian as he prays,” never breaks upon him.—Sunday School Advocate.

“From Our Exchanges” from The Christian Science Sentinel, September 15, 1906, by Editor(excerpt)

Though the divine rebuke is effectual to the pulling down of sin’s strongholds, it may stir the human heart to resist Truth, before this heart becomes obediently receptive of the heavenly discipline. If the Christian Scientist recognize the mingled sternness and gentleness which permeate justice and Love, he will not scorn the timely reproof, but will so absorb it that this warning will be within him a spring, welling up into unceasing spiritual rise and progress. Patience and obedience win the golden scholarship of experimental tuition.

— from Retrospection and Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy, page 80

Final Readings

To entertain anyone who is in our home we need to remain at home—to be at home. We cannot entertain anyone there if we are in some other city or state. Man’s spiritual home is in Mind, in God, and to entertain angels unawares we need always to be at home in Mind. We must continue constantly to realize that man is spiritual and dwelling in the divine Mind. It is only when realizing this wonderful truth that we can feel the presence of angels and that we can “entertain” them. Angels are ever guarding our every footstep, telling us how best to do our work, where God needs us most, and always shielding us from harm. They are the messengers of divine Principle, who governs man. When we have such visitants as these, should we not always desire, even yearn, to be found “at home,” so as to entertain them? It is by being “at home” to angels that we find ourselves in heaven; and the truth of this latter statement will be recognized by reading Mrs. Eddy’s definition of heaven, on page 587 of Science and Health: “Harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul.” It is only by being guided by these angels, making me pure and perfect, and making me useful to God, that I can express my gratitude to the world for the pure life of Mrs. Eddy, and for Christian Science.

“Entertaining Angels Unawares” from The Christian Science Sentinel, July 12, 1919, by Nellie E. Mitchell, (excerpt)

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