Sunday, March 29th, 2020 Roundtable

Never Fear What God Did Not Make

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Reality

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Morning Prayers

The need of divine wisdom and Love – Christ’s assurance of prayer answered – and the absolute Science of God’s Allness, moves the Christian Scientist to pray for the peace, prosperity, and brotherhood of all nations and peoples. No will-power is used in the Scientist’s prayer, since human will must be lost in the Divine, for prayer to be efficacious. In the words of Zechariah, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.’

I would ask that all Christians unite in prayer for the cessation of sin, – the oppression of the weak, – the accession of power at the sacrifice of individual rights; and especially that divine Love shield the innocent from the wrath of the guilty, and cause it to praise Love.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 62

118 — WATCH lest you forget that your primary reason for denying the beliefs of sin, sickness and matter is that you cannot serve two masters. You must make the things of God real to yourself. The first step in this direction is to make the things of mortal mind unreal. You should not seek to get rid of them for any other reason than to make way for the reality of Spirit and of spiritual existence.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above. – Christ Jesus” — John 19 : 11

That evil or matter has neither intelligence nor power, is the doctrine of absolute Christian Science, and this is the great truth which strips all disguise from error.

— Citation 14 in this week’s Lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 454

All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise. They are not true, because they are not of God. We learn in Christian Science that all inharmony of mortal mind or body is illusion, possessing neither reality nor identity though seeming to be real and identical.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 472

A felon, on whom certain English students experimented, fancied himself bleeding to death, and died because of that belief, when only a stream of warm water was trickling over his arm. Had he known his sense of bleeding was an illusion, he would have risen above the false belief. Let the despairing invalid, inspecting the hue of her blood on a cambric handkerchief, think of the experiment of those Oxford boys, who caused the death of a man, when not a drop of his blood was shed. Then let her learn the opposite statement of Life as taught in Christian Science, and she will understand that she is not dying on account of the state of her blood, but is suffering from her belief that blood is destroying her life. The so-called vital current does not affect the invalid’s health, but her belief produces the very results she dreads.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 379

Article — Overcoming by Obedience From Addresses by Martha Wilcox

Are we really aware of how much of the time we give power to life and intelligence in persons, weighing and fearing what personal man will think or say or do unto us? This is all unscientific thinking, and we should overcome it by the reflection of the thinking that is the activity of the divine Mind. In Christian Science, there is no personal self-hood; the only self-hood is God, and every individual man reflects Him.

— from “Overcoming by Obedience” Addresses, by Martha Wilcox

What you have to meet is a fear; and what pacifies fear does not destroy it. Take your weapon that kills it, the First Commandment; and with that cut off its head.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 209

Part of Mrs. Eddy’s discovery along the lines of dealing with the human mind in others, was the fact that there is a claim of mass mesmerism, or personal contagion, to counteract. The Bible recommends that we all become kings and priests unto God — that is, that we make our individual demonstration of reflecting Mind, and then of putting it forth with authority. Mrs. Eddy’s advice in this direction was valuable, that “the students had better mingle with other people than form syndicates, but better still would it be for them if they would keep apart from all worldly schemes and work with God.”

— from Precepts 4, Compiled by Gilber Carpenter

Book — Clear and Correct Teaching by Herbert Eustace

Discussion points

Epidemic is a disease in itself.

It illustrates how wholly mental disease is.

The epidemic of influenza during the closing days of the World War spread to places where no possible contagion by physical contact could be traced.

Epidemic is fear-contagion.

Is not fear-contagion purely mental suggestion in its impersonal sense?

A claim of epidemic is handled in exactly the same way in which you would release the victim of a hypnotist.

In the latter case, you would not deal with a wrong thing. Your attention would be devoted to destroying the belief that there is malicious mind to control or govern.

Knowing that God is the one Mind, that He is all the Mind there is, you cannot be duped into attempting to deal with another mind.

This realization would break the claim of hypnotism and free the victim.

An epidemic is dealt with in exactly the same way.

Fear, contagious belief, is both the hypnotist and the hypnotism.

It is not contact, nor any form of matter, that has to be destroyed for the claim is purely mental suggestion–in other words, hypnotism.

Do not be deceived into arguing down any of the various symptoms, as in an ordinary case of sickness; contagion has none, in that sense. Epidemic is pure hypnotic contagion; it is fear, not physical contact.

Symptoms have no more to do with contagion than have the motions of the hypnotized victim’s arms and legs, in swimming on dry boards under the influence of the hypnotist, anything to do with the real claim.

The man is not in water, and therefore is not really swimming. Nor do you think he is; so you do not consider either swimming or water.

You handle hypnotism.

You do the same with epidemic and destroy it through the realization of God as the one and only Mind.

— from Clear and Correct Tteaching, Herbert Eustace

Listen as you read: 91st Psalm

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

The Christian Scientist’s Prayer – There is no matter and no mortal mind. God is All-in-all. All is harmony, health, holiness. This is the prayer ‘unceasing’ to be used on all occasions and at all times. It lays the axe at the root of unreality, materiality (that forbidden tree) and cuts it down. Preserve a sacred silence on this subject of prayer. (Signed, Author of S. & H.)

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 63

Let error kill itself. It comes to you for life and you give it the only life it has in belief.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 215

Stir them; make them either laugh or cry; move them from their foundation; make some impression on them, if not silently then audibly.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 179

Book — Watches, Prayers, and Arguments by Mary Baker Eddy, complied by Gilbert Carpenter

Repeat the following affirmations silently several times each day not with strained anxiety to get something out of them, but trying calmly to realize the meaning of the words:
God is All; there is no evil.
All is harmony; there is no discord.
All is health; there is no sickness.
All is Spirit; there is no matter.
All is joy; there is no sorrow.
All is Truth; there is no falsehood.
All is faith; there is no fear.
All is Life; there is no death.
All is Love; there is no hate.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 282

In the Blue Book, Martha Wilcox is quoted saying that one of the first lessons she learned in Mrs. Eddy’s house was that “the ‘objects of sense’ when correctly understood, are really ‘ideas of Soul.’ There are not two groups of creation — but just one.” So, in reality, there is no material world apart from the spiritual. Whenever we go out we can declare that we only meet Spirit today, whatever and whoever we come across, whatever we touch, whatever we hear, whatever we see, whatever we receive is Spirit, good, is already approved and blessed by God and can only bless us. Be prepared!

— Forum post by Melinda

Two Kinds of Evidence

The word “evidence” is derived from the Latin evidentia, from video, “to see.”

The word “idolatry” is derived from the Greek word meaning “thing seen.”

Mrs. Eddy’s allegory, “The Trial” (SH 430-442), deals with attorneys battling over 2 kinds of evidence, both sides vehemently contradicting each other: mind versus Mind, the former presenting evidence of things seen and the latter presenting evidence of things not seen, also identified in Hebrews 11:1 as “the substance of things hoped for” or “faith.”

At the beginning of the trial, in the lower court of the senses, the accused (a critically sick patient) allows the prosecuting attorneys and a flood of witnesses to dominate the court — without a single “I object!”

During Hitler’s reign of terror, the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda successfully employed the technique of “the Big Lie” — the mesmeric repeating of a self-evident falsehood via party, press, and pulpit: radio broadcasts, newspapers, motion pictures, billboards, public notices, speeches, sermons, tracts and handouts, educational materials for children and young adults, with great urgency and emotional force — along with government censorship of any opposing viewpoints — all for the purposes of mass-“enlightenment”, which was nothing more than mind-control.

In the court of lower consciousness, the show-trial ends with a conviction — the death penalty! — without a peep of protest from the attorney-deprived convict, paralyzed, speechless with mind-monopolizing fear.

But on appeal, as he finally comes to his spiritual senses, the convict allows his attorney, Christian Science, to hold court and present evidence in the Supreme Court of Spirit, ultimately proving that the all the lower court’s “evidence” gathered by the physical senses amounted to nothing but a Big Lie.

At this point, the evil accusers of the lower court of mind cry out, “[declaring] that Christian Science was overthrowing the judicial proceedings of a regularly constituted court” (SH 437:25), but the higher court of Mind quickly dismisses this contempt-of-court claim.

At last, the lower court of sense and all its occupants are silenced, vanquished, dispersed like a wisp of smoke in a windstorm. And one Mind prevails.

More than ever before, Christian Scientists must refuse to allow thoughts from the lower court to kick Science out of their thought-life! “Thought passes from God to man” and only from God to man, not vice versa, “that man may have audience with Spirit” alone, not with fear, but with that which casts out fear, “the divine Principle, Love, which destroys all error.” (SH 284:30, 15:11)

Therefore, with the flaming sword of the Word of God protecting the Tree of Life in every direction, it’s time, as never before, to strike at the head of the phantom paper dragon of the Apocalypse that “deceiveth the whole world” (Rev. 12:9); time to turn whatever consciousness remains of its “reality” into dust and ashes!

— Forum post by Parthens

Final Readings

I began to recall a story which I used to read in school; it was the story of the Key Flower by Bayard Taylor, which is in Swinton‘s Fourth Reader. I was so impressed by the story that I finally wrote a summary of it to Mrs. Eddy, and drew from it a certain analogy to her. I am sure you will be glad to hear the story and her response to it.

Briefly the story is as follows. One summer’s day a shepherd was tending his sheep, when he discovered an unusual flower. As he picked it for closer examination, he noticed a door in the side of the mountain. It was strange that he had never noticed it before; but there it was, and it was open. Cautiously passing along a corridor, he entered a large room filled with chests of gold and diamonds. Then he saw, seated in a chair, an old dwarf with a long beard. The dwarf greeted him kindly and said, “Take what you want, and don’t forget the best.”

Placing the flower on the table, the shepherd proceeded to fill his pockets and hat with the gold and diamonds. Occasionally the old dwarf would remind him not to forget the best. When the shepherd could carry no more, he turned to leave. On reaching the door, he heard the voice for the last time crying out, “Don’t forget the best.” The next minute the shepherd was out in the pasture. As he looked around, the door had vanished; his pockets and hat had grown light all at once, and instead of gold and diamonds, he found nothing but dry leaves and pebbles. He was as poor as ever, because he had forgotten the best. The flower which he had left on the table in the dwarfs room was the Key Flower, and had he kept it, the gold and diamonds would have stayed so, and the door of the treasure room would have been open to him whenever he might wish to enter.

I told Mrs. Eddy that she is our Key Flower. She has unlocked the treasures of heaven; and no one knows anything of Christian Science except as it has come through her. If we wish those heavenly treasures to remain real and demonstrable, we must never permit our leader to be separated in our thought from her teachings.

Her letter in response is in part as follows: “Your story and it’s semblance are sweeter than birds and blossoms that I long for; and to think that you love God, and love me by way of remembrance and fidelity, fills my lone heart, feeds my hungry sense of nothing, with home and Heaven.

“I wish I could do more for you, but that is selfish for it would give me much pleasure. Let me wish only that my prayers for you are righteous, then I know the result will rest in sweet hope of your prosperity, growth in grace, and the knowledge of infinite Love, where no arrow wounds the dove, where are no partings, no pain.”

Today people are greatly troubled over world conditions. We are taught in Christian Science that such conflicting forces indicate the breaking up of mortal mind’s long-cherished beliefs, and we can rejoice at the overturning of error. But Jesus said of such conditions (Matthew 24:12), “Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” This is a warning not to forget the best. Let us watch and pray that we be not made to forget nor to neglect our Leader – our Key Flower, who has unlocked for us the treasures of heaven. As St. John has said (Revelation 3:11), “Hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”

— from “Impressions of Our Leader” We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, Volume 1, by Bliss Knapp, page 61-64

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