Sunday, July 5th, 2020 Roundtable

God Is the Source and Condition of All Existence

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: God

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Morning Prayers

Christian Science is not only the acme of Science but the crown of Christianity. It is universal. It appeals to man as man; to the whole and not to a portion; to man physically, as well as spiritually, and to all mankind. It has one God. It demonstrates the divine Principle, rules and practice of the great healer and master of metaphysics, Jesus of Nazareth.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 252

Abide in the 91st Psalm and know that such abiding is treatment and protection. There is nothing that can make laws or influence you. There is but one Mind and that is Love. Do not give life to evil by attaching it to a person or thing. It cannot live without a body. Man is immortal, one. There is but one infinite manifestation. No error can attach itself to man and why deceive ourselves by thinking it can do so? Every manifestation of life is ever-present and omnipresent good and this carries within itself all healing, sustaining. Know that the kingdom of heaven is within you and this is your armor.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 222

Discussion points

424 — WATCH that you hold a flexible concept of God, one that you do not fear to change from day to day, as you progress. God never changes; Mrs. Eddy’s definition of Him can never change; but our understanding of Him must change and improve as we grow. If we adopt a fixed conception of God to which we adhere rigidly, and which we refuse to change, what is to distinguish us from idolaters, those who worship idols of wood and stone, or even hold an idea of God as being a man magnified?

God defines Himself in Christian Science, but as these higher definitions come to us through revelation, we must not hesitate to adopt them. Read Miscellaneous Writings, 96: 10

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Do I believe in a personal God? I believe in God as the Supreme Being. I know not what the person of omnipotence and omnipresence is, or what the infinite includes; therefore, I worship that of which I can conceive, first, as a loving Father and Mother; then, as thought ascends the scale of being to diviner consciousness, God becomes to me, as to the apostle who declared it, “God is Love,” — divine Principle, — which I worship; and “after the manner of my fathers, so worship I God.”

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 96

Golden Text — “I am the Lord that healeth thee.” — Exodus 15 : 26

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

— 1 John 4: 20 from the King James Bible

To admit that sickness is a condition over which God has no control, is to presuppose that omnipotent power is powerless on some occasions. The law of Christ, or Truth, makes all things possible to Spirit; but the so-called laws of matter would render Spirit of no avail, and demand obedience to materialistic codes, thus departing from the basis of one God, one lawmaker. To suppose that God constitutes laws of inharmony is a mistake; discords have no support from nature or divine law, however much is said to the contrary.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 182

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.”

— Orison Swett Marden

Forum post — Thoughts on this lesson. by Kerry from CA

When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible. The only way to this living Truth, which heals the sick, is found in the Science of divine Mind as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 180

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
To His feet thy tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like us His praise should sing?
Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, praise Him,
Praise the everlasting King.

Fatherlike, He tends and spares us,
Well our daily needs He knows;
In His hand He gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes.
Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, praise Him,
Widely as His mercy flows.

Praise Him for His grace and favor
To our fathers in distress;
Praise Him still the same forever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, praise Him,
Glorious in His faithfulness.

— Hymn 280 from the Christian Science Hymnal

Only through radical reliance on Truth can scientific healing power be realized.” (Science and Health, 167:31)

Today “radical” has come to mean a violent extreme, or even some deviant thing or action out of the ordinary. But Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines radical as, “fundamental, primitive, original.” In the same source, “reliance” is defined as, “rest or repose of mind, resulting from a full belief of the veracity or integrity of a person, or of the certainty of a fact; trust; confidence; dependence.”

Therefore, our dependence, trust, and confidence in the one Person, God, Truth, is not something extreme nor unusual, but is innate, fundamental, and natural to us. This reliance is part of our very being, deep within us, and gives us rest and peace of mind. Trust or reliance upon anything else is not only unnatural, but absurd. As we acknowledge and place this natural, fundamental dependence upon God, Truth, healing will be realized, that is, “brought into actual being; received as a reality; felt in its true force; rendered actual, tangible or effective.” (Webster 1828 Dictionary)

I’m grateful for practitioner prayer that helps me to realize this more and more.

— Forum post by Joanne from FL.

“To reduce inflammation, dissolve a tumor, or cure organic disease, I have found divine Truth more potent than all lower remedies. And why not, since Mind, God, is the source and condition of all existence?” (Scicnce and Heath by Mary Baker Eddy, page 181)

I was given this citation by my practitioner to work with this week. In Webster’s 1828 Dictionary it says in part about condition:, ”State; a particular mode of being: Quality, attribute, state of mind, terms of a contract or covenant” and “Source: First cause; original, that which gives rise to any thing; the first producer; he or that which originates;”

This is a lot to think about. In my heart I feel God Good is my (and our) source and condition and I must strive to live this every day for myself and all mankind.

— Forum post by Chardelle from NJ.

Articles — History, of the Christian Science Movement

Audio — “Patience, a quality of love” July 1st, 2020 Wednesday Readings

Those members whom she teaches the course in Divinity, and who remain with her three consecutive years, receive the degree of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College.

— from the Manual of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ Scientist, In Boston, Massachusetts, Eighty-eighth Edition, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 68

God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis. Mind manifests all that exists in the infinitude of Truth. We know no more of man as the true divine image and likeness, than we know of God.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 258

“Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord.” The everlasting I am is not bounded nor compressed within the narrow limits of physical humanity, nor can He be understood aright through mortal concepts. The precise form of God must be of small importance in comparison with the sublime question, What is infinite Mind or divine Love? Who is it that demands our obedience? He who, in the language of Scripture, “doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?”

— Citation 2 in this week’s Lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 256 : 12-23

When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible. The only way to this living Truth, which heals the sick, is found in the Science of divine Mind as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 180

Impossibility has no power over you. Know that it cannot possibly affect you in any way, and can never for an instant hinder your demonstration, whether you are working for health, peace, joy, or any mental quality, thing or experience. Know that you are conscious of the possibility and realization of all that is good and true.

— from Watches, Prayers, and Arguments by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 46

Final Readings

In 1881 Mary Baker Eddy wrote this inspiring poem:

With Love’s battle flags unfurled,
With hope’s Cause before the world,
We are going on;
Though the storm clouds thunder o’er us,
Though the path seems dark before us,
We are going on;
For our Master led the way,
Fought the fight, and won the day!
Follow, follow, all who may,
Going on, Going on.
With Love’s battle flags unfurled.

Love is the effective thought in Christian Science. Its efficacy comes through one’s effort to realize the allness of everpresent Love; that we are now immersed in an ocean of infinite Love, that we cannot get away from it, it is all about us and within us; that the manifestation of Love as well as Love itself, can produce only joy, peace, and a sweet and uplifting sense that is never reversed, that can never carry aught of sorrow or sadness, but instead dissipates them; that it can never result in anything but a permanent and continued spiritual ecstasy that knows no end.

Thus it can be seen that Love’s battle flag is not a passive acceptance of Love, but an active demonstration of it. The flag is unfurled so that everybody, even if they do not see it, will feel it and be blessed.

— Article by Gilbert Carpenter

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