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Sunday November 22nd, 2020 Roundtable

All These Blessings Shall Overtake Thee

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Soul and Body

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Morning Prayers

Beloved children, the world has need of you, — and more as children than as men and women: it needs your innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontaminated lives. You need also to watch, and pray that you preserve these virtues unstained, and lose them not through contact with the world. What grander ambition is there than to maintain in yourselves what Jesus loved, and to know that your example, more than words, makes morals for mankind!

…let us not forget that the Lord reigns, and that this earth shall some time rejoice in His supreme rule, — that the tired watchmen on the walls of Zion, and the true Christian Scientist at the foot of the mount of revelation, shall look up with shouts and thanksgiving, — that God’s law, as in divine Science, shall be finally understood; and the gospel of glad tidings bring “on earth peace, good will toward men.”

— from “Beloved children, the world has need of you”Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 110:4-12 and 368:27-5


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 15:5-10

Discussion points

309 — WATCH that you hold a scientific thought as to the kind of a body Jesus had after the resurrection. Was it spiritual or was it material? Man never has but one kind of body. It is the material sense of it that is unreal. In an early edition of Science and Health we find this statement, “The heathen gods of mythology were as real as our bodies are …”

After the resurrection the disciples still saw Jesus’ body as material, while he knew that it was spiritual. On page 218 of Miscellany Mrs. Eddy writes that the spiritual body came with the ascension; yet we find her saying that he reappeared as idea. The conclusion must be that body is to us as we regard it. Viewed materially, it appears to be matter; yet Science teaches that there is but one body which is spiritual. If Jesus healed the sick by beholding the perfect man, he must have beheld his own body as perfect and spiritual also. Mrs. Eddy once said, “There is no space for a material body to occupy. There never was one thousand years ago.”See Miscellaneous Writings, 70:22.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter




Golden Text — “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.” — Romans 13: 1




Do not fear anything that your present body seems to be doing. Every cell, fiber, tissue, gland, organ, or muscle of the human body exists right now in the one Mind as Idea, and each idea is proclaiming, “I am reflecting God, I am expressing God.” Every cell and fiber of my being is expressing the sovereignty of God, or proclaiming, “I AM.” (See S&H 162:12)

— from Addresses by Martha Wilcox, page 59




Christian Science explains all cause and effect as mental, not physical. It lifts the veil of mystery from Soul and body. It shows the scientific relation of man to God, disentangles the interlaced ambiguities of being, and sets free the imprisoned thought. In divine Science, the universe, including man, is spiritual, harmonious, and eternal. Science shows that what is termed matter is but the subjective state of what is termed by the author mortal mind.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 114


Ambiguity: Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation.

— from American Heritage® Dictionary


Disentangle: To unravel; to unfold; to untwist; to loose, separate or disconnect things which are interwove, or united without order; free; to extricate from perplexity;

— from American Heritage® Dictionary


Interlaced: intermixed; inserted between other things.

— from American Heritage® Dictionary




The most scientific man of whom we have any record, Jesus of Nazareth, called the mortal body that we suppose substance, “ghost”; and his body that others called spirit, “flesh and bones”; showing that substance to his understanding was the deathless Principle that embraces man and is forever inseparable from Soul. But the Jews, strongly material, called the real idea of God, even the body that was not matter, a spirit or ghost; and the body they laid in a sepulchre, substance. By this error they lost logic and Truth, therefore lost sight of Jesus at the very moment when he presented more than ever the real idea of God, and because of this belief, the idea was taken from them. The higher he wrought the problem of being through spiritual science, the more odious he became to the materialistic world that understood him not. Life, Intelligence and substance to them were matter, but to him they were God, the Truth of man; therefore he reckoned himself not matter but Spirit; not sense, but Soul. Said he, “Spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have,” but this he said three days after his burial, before relinquishing the belief of substance-matter; after that, his disciples even could not see him.

— from Science and Health, First Edition, 1875, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 41




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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




All religions … have some good in them, but they do not have the whole. There is a little truth in all creeds, isms and ologies, but if we try to find the truth in a part of the vessel, we get cut, just as when we break a bottle, we get cut by the fragments – never by the whole vessel. The remedy is to study the Bible and Science and Health and leave the fragments alone.

We must answer false and malicious literature and attacks. To answer these we must comprehend them, i.e. what they claim. We cannot reply to what we have not read, therefore we must acquaint ourselves with them sufficiently to know how to refute them, and then send them back to the sender or publisher. They are always sent out with a thought, and if they are kept or burned, the thought is not destroyed. To ignore them is cowardice, not charity. Of the [current] authors, Ursula Gestefeld is the most dangerous, the most subtle – and why? Because she voices enough truth to deceive the very elect, then poisons the whole with her terrible theosophical terms. It is not personality she attacks, but Truth.

Those [like Mrs. Gestefeld] who undertake to explain and simplify Science and Health would be better employed in its study, and demonstrating what they find in it. We must not attempt to write another Bible or another Science and Health, and we must not take it upon ourselves to write for publication unless led by Truth.

Of all the schools that Truth has to correct, the theological school is the most bitter enemy. It would crucify in the harshest manner and will be the last to yield. It is worse than medicine. Liberated mortal mind is the red dragon of Revelation. The time is coming, indeed is here now, when we need not go places to do evil, to poison, to murder and steal, to do all manner of evil. Such evil may be done in and through mortal mind. Never was there a time when hell is so apparent and crime so subtle and so terrible.

— from Mary Baker Eddy’s Six Days of Revelation by Richard Oakes




Final Readings

Article — The New Birth by Mary Baker Eddy


Love is the liberator.

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