Sunday, June 7th, 2020 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

The Principle of all power is God, and God is Love. Whatever brings into human thought or action an element opposed to Love, is never requisite, never a necessity, and is not sanctioned by the law of God, the law of Love. The Founder of Christianity said: “My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.”

Christian Science reinforces Christ’s sayings and doings. The Principle of Christian Science demonstrates peace. Christianity is the chain of scientific being reappearing in all ages, maintaining its obvious correspondence with the Scriptures and uniting all periods in the design of God. The First Commandment in the Hebrew Decalogue — “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” — obeyed, is sufficient to still all strife. God is the divine Mind. Hence the sequence: Had all peoples one Mind, peace would reign.

God is Father, infinite, and this great truth, when understood in its divine metaphysics, will establish the brotherhood of man, end wars, and demonstrate “on earth peace, good will toward men.”

— from “How Strife May Be Stilled” Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 278-279

Discussion points

255 — WATCH lest God’s rewards get ahead of God in your estimation, so that you seek to marry God for His money. When Job made this mistake, he had to go through a period in which he lost all satisfaction in effect, until he learned the lesson, namely, to put cause first.

The Bible indicates that Job lost all that he had; but a metaphysician would interpret this to mean that it was necessary for him to lose all satisfaction in effect, in order that he might be driven back to cause. Then he learned the lesson, viz., that the only reality is in the flow from divine cause to effect. We should never believe that effect can flow back to cause with the power either to make man happy or miserable, to give him life or to take it away.

Hell may be defined as giving power to the symbol, — as thought stopping with effect, since through this error man separates himself from God. Heaven would then be thought of as seeing through the symbol, to the divine source to which the symbol points. God demands that we never permit His blessings to get ahead of Him in our affections.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — ““The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.”” — Proverbs 3 : 19

I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

— Isaiah 45: 5 from citation 2 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

I girded thee … The sense is, I girded thee with the girdle – the military belt; I prepared thee, and strengthened thee for war and conquest. Even people who are strangers to the true God are sustained by him, and are unable to accomplish anything without his providential aid 18 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.

— Isaiah 45: 5 from citation 2 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place:

— Exodus 13 : 3 from citation 5 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

Remember what God has done for you.

— Plainfield Roundtable

1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so.

— Exodus 14 : 1, 4 from citation 6 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

Hardened: stubborn, won’t listen or let go of beliefs.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Healed is thy hardness, His love hath dissolved it,
Full is the promise, the blessing how kind;
So shall His tenderness teach thee compassion,
So all the merciful, mercy shall find.

— Hymn 278 from the Christian Science Hymnal

Self-love is more opaque than a solid body. In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error, — self-will, self-justification, and self-love, — which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 242

Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Origin of Evil

The origin of evil is the problem of ages. It confronts each generation anew. It confronts Christian Science. The question is often asked, If God created only the good, whence comes the evil? To this question Christian Science replies: Evil never did exist as an entity. It is but a belief that there is an opposite intelligence to God. This belief is a species of idolatry, and is not more true or real than that an image graven on wood or stone is God. The mortal admission of the reality of evil perpetuates faith in evil; and the Scriptures declare that “to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are.” This leading, self-evident proposition of Christian Science, that, good being real, its opposite is necessarily unreal, needs to be grasped in all its divine requirements.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 346

2+2=5 has no origin. It is a mistake.

— Plainfield Roundtable

We all bleed the same
We’re more beautiful when we come together
We all bleed the same
So tell me why, tell me why
We’re divided
If we’re gonna fight
Let’s fight for each other
If we’re gonna shout
Let love be the cry
We all bleed the same
So tell me why, tell me why
We’re divided

— Song excerpt by Mandisa

Forum post — If we give the same heed. by Lynda from NJ

The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them.” (Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, page 295)

Obedient – submissive to authority; yielding compliance with commands; performing what is required, or abstaining from what is forbid. (1828 Webster’s Dictionary)

This powerful statement from Science and Health was often given to us by our teacher to work with, and can also apply to our nation. Our nation, one nation under God, is peopled with God’s ideas, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them. They are obedient to the one Law, “divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being.” (S&H 496:18) Therefore, they express order, harmony, unity, wisdom, justice, and brotherly love. There is no other mind apart from God to incite hatred, racism, violence, or destruction. This ever-present, ever-active, all enforced and all-encompassing Law cannot be avoided, evaded, nor abrogated. God, Mind, is the only Law, the only Cause and Creator.

— Forum post by Joanne in FL.

“This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (refraining from admitting the claims of the senses).

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 222

We can rejoice that every germ of goodness will at last struggle into freedom and greatness, and every sin will so punish itself that it will bow down to the commandments of Christ, — Truth and Love.

— from “Science of Mind-Healing” No and Yes by Mary Baker Eddy, page 8: 15-18

Then, we should go forth into life with the smallest expectations, but with the largest patience; with a keen relish for and appreciation of everything beautiful, great, and good, but with a temper so genial that the friction of the world shall not wear upon our sensibilities; with an equanimity so settled that no passing breath nor accidental disturbance shall agitate or ruffle it; with a charity broad enough to cover the whole world’s evil, and sweet enough to neutralize what is bitter in it, — determined not to be offended when no wrong is meant, nor even when it is, unless the offense be against God.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 224

Then should not “watching out” mean, watching against a negative watch, alias, no watch, and gaining the spirit of true watching, even the spirit of our Master’s command? It must mean that.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy,
page 232-233

Final Readings


In Collectanea, Mary Baker Eddy gives the following two instructions in regard to Watching:

“WATCH — . . . sit down and first get yourself into a consciousness of your power with God, and then take up the Outside Watch. Sit until this is clear, — if two hours.”

“WATCH — . . . take up the Watch every two hours as long as you live or until you can make the right side real to your consciousness.”

Why the Inside Watch is More Important than the Outside Watch:

The Bible story of Esther tells of a young Jewish woman who marries the Persian king who had conquered the land of Babylon. As queen, assisted by Mordecai, her cousin and guardian, she saves the remaining Jews from a plot to destroy them.

When Mordecai refuses to pay homage to Haman, a high official, Haman becomes infuriated and plots to destroy all the Jews. Mordecai reports this plot to Esther. Esther tells him to “Go, gather together all the Jews in Shushan, and fast ye for me, three days: I also will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”

After the three days, Esther goes to the king to reveal Haman’s plot, and Haman is hung on the gallows. Esther’s faith and courage saves her people.

Esther had to overcome the initial shock of receiving the information about Haman, and this took her three days to do: this was her inside watch. Only then was she able to fulfill all the requirements of a good outside watch, directly influencing the outside world for good, informing the king directly in his presence (that is, exposing error boldly and effectively in the Presence of God, not by letter alone but by Spirit-inspired letter).

It is not difficult to imagine that when Esther first heard Mordecai’s warning concerning Haman, she had to resolve in her own mind not to make the problem so big, so overshadowing, that it became foremost in her consciousness, screaming for attention to draw her thought away from the true God. She had to rebuke this great error directly, “You are not God! You cannot draw my mind away from Mind. Neither are you a god, for there is none beside God! I am the image and likeness of God; and as there is none beside God, there is none beside me either, except the Presence of God. You are not even a thought, because only God’s thoughts have substance and reality.”

But it took Esther and her handmaidens three days to get it right: to cast off personal sense, to starve it out (God’s chosen fast), to refuse to be overwhelmed by error and to align completely with Mind, to render irrelevant in her own mind the subject of Haman’s genocidal intentions, his seeming unlimited power and freedom to act upon them. Three days to render thought of Haman as nothing, three days for it to be miniaturized, then micro-miniaturized, then finally annihilated into absolute nothingness as she obeyed the First Commandment to “have no other gods before Me.”

As thoughts of God’s omniscience became more real to Esther than all of Haman’s schemes, voiced and unvoiced, all of Haman’s thoughts dissolved into oblivion, as well as all thought of Haman himself. The more real the thought of God’s omnipotence became to Esther, the more powerless and helpless Haman became. As thoughts of God’s omnipresence became more real to Esther than Haman’s presence in the palace, Haman’s absence became more real than his presence. By dwelling only in the secret place of the Most High for many hours, crying silently, “‘Be Thou exalted, O God, alone in my consciousness,” all Haman-consciousness fell into insignificance, like Dagon falling in self-destruction before the ark of the covenant. Queen Esther refused to speak the slightest word or take the least human action to try to “steady the ark” by human effort. Instead, she chose to prostrate herself at the throne of God, like Mary Magdalene at the feet of Jesus. And, by getting out of God’s way, she released the Infinite, omniactivity of God Almighty. Thus, all the intricate gears of Haman’s murderous plot ground to a halt, then reversed their direction: to destroy all her enemies, as no activity exists in opposition to God.

— Article by Parthens

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