Sunday, March 8th, 2020 Roundtable

How to Rise Above Adversity

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Man

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Morning Prayers

Goodness never fails to receive its reward, for goodness makes life a blessing. As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good. Thus may each member of this church rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing.

Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 165

Discussion points

138 —WATCH lest your prayers, or mental work, include an effort to gain more spiritual power from God, when you should seek to enlarge your capacity to reflect more of His power. Is God’s power something that He sends or withdraws, as it is sought or not sought? God is sending forth more than you receive; hence your effort must be to increase your capacity to receive. A still higher realization shows man to be the very power of God, expressed.


— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — ““I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”” — Philippians 4 : 13

Much is said in Science about malpractice, but there is nothing very mysterious about it, when it is learned that it refers to the action of the human mind. At times, however, when it operates maliciously, it has the tendency to etch the mortal mind picture more deeply on consciousness, which causes the things of Spirit to seem less real. When it is malicious, it represents mortal mind freed somewhat from the universal limitations of belief, and working in a way to make its false impressions more aggressive. One mortal can reach the thought of another through malicious mental malpractice more readily than through what might be termed normal human thinking. Animal magnetism, or mal­practice, claims to write with an engraver’s tool, thus scoring the blackboard of thought deeply, and making its errors more forcible and less easy to erase; and yet there is no such false action in reality. It is all mortal belief.

It was this action that Mrs. Eddy referred to in the sixteenth edition of Science and Health, when she wrote on page 428, “You will also learn that the transfer of mental pictures, from one mortal mind to another, tends to a speedy inoculation with the virus of error.” One may conclude that this sentence was revised to read as it does in our present edition, in order that this mental bugbear may not seem so real to a student, that he becomes fearful of it, or believes that its mental pictures become so etched in thought, that they cannot be removed by the constant recognition of God’s power to dislodge them, as Mrs. Eddy once declared. Her words were, “Sometimes I seem to hear the voice of the Father like this — My child, there is nothing in mortal mind to fear, not even the educated thought that knows what it is doing. But these different claims must needs remain until thou art not afraid. They are here only for thee to learn that they cannot harm. When that is learned their mission is accomplished and away they go. The way to learn their powerlessness is through the constant recognition of God’s power to dislodge them.” This statement is dated October 16, 1892.

— from Precepts, compiled by Gilbert Carptenter

The one Ego, the one Mind or Spirit called God, is infinite individuality, which supplies all form and comeliness and which reflects reality and divinity in individual spiritual man and things.

— Citation 1 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy, page 281 : 14-17

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who [a]infuses inner strength into me; I am [b]self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

— Philippians 4:13 from Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

Forum post — I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
by Jeremy from NJ

For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.

— Job 23 : 14 from the Responsive Reading in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

— II Samuel 22 : 33 from citation 1 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

Forum post — But There Is A God In Heaven That Revealeth Secrets
by Florence Roberts

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

— Psalm 62:5 from the King James Bible

Forum post — Daniel: “Among the Captives”? Hardly by Parthens

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

— Preamble to the Declaration of Independence

Forum post — Not a victim. by Lynda from PA

Every function of the real man is governed by the divine Mind.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy,
page 151

Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more harm than one’s belief permits. Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy,
page 234

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.

— Psalm 33: 1 from Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

Remember, thou canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe, where Love has not been before thee and where its tender lesson is not awaiting thee. Therefore despair not nor murmur, for that which seeketh to save, to heal, and to deliver, will guide thee, if thou seekest this guidance.

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 149

There is but one Christ. And from everlasting to everlasting this Christ is never absent. In doubt and darkness we say as did Mary of old: “I know not where they have laid him.” But when we behold the Christ walking the wave of earth’s troubled sea, like Peter we believe in the second coming, and would walk more closely with Christ; but find ourselves so far from the embodiment of Truth that ofttimes this attempt measurably fails, and we cry, “Save, or I perish !” Then the tender, loving Christ is found near, affords help, and we are saved from our fears.

— from 1900, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 7

As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:

— Deuteronomy 32 :11 from the King James Bible

Rule in Mrs. Eddy’s household: Simplicity, accuracy, and economy. Excuses are intolerable.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”),
by Mary Baker Eddy, page 261

Poem — No Excuses Necessary! by Mary Beth Singleterry

Final Readings

Question. — What is man?

Question. — What is man? Answer. — Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science. Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique. He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God’s image and likeness; the conscious identity of being as found in Science, in which man is the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal; that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.

And God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Man unfallen

Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death. The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin. A mortal sinner is not

God’s man. Mortals are the counterfeits of immortals. They are the children of the wicked one, or the one evil, which declares that man begins in dust or as a material embryo. In divine Science, God and the real man are inseparable as divine Principle and idea.

Mortals are not immortals

Error, urged to its final limits, is self-destroyed. Error will cease to claim that soul is in body, that life and intelligence are in matter, and that this matter is man. God is the Principle of man, and man is the idea of God. Hence man is not mortal nor material. Mortals will disappear, and immortals, or the children of God, will appear as the only and eternal verities of man. Mortals are not fallen children of God. They never had a perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained. They were, from the beginning of mortal history, “conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity.” Mortality is finally swallowed up in immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must disappear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal man.

Imperishable identity

Learn this, O mortal, and earnestly seek the spiritual status of man, which is outside of all material selfhood. Remember that the Scriptures say of mortal man: “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.”

The kingdom within

When speaking of God’s children, not the children of men, Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you;” that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God’s image is unfallen and eternal. Jesus beheld in Science the per-

fect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy. Man is not a material habitation for Soul; he is himself spiritual. Soul, being Spirit, is seen in nothing imperfect nor material.

Material body never God’s idea

Whatever is material is mortal. To the five corporeal senses, man appears to be matter and mind united; but Christian Science reveals man as the idea of God, and declares the corporeal senses to be mortal and erring illusions. Divine Science shows it to be impossible that a material body, though interwoven with matter’s highest stratum, misnamed mind, should be man, — the genuine and perfect man, the immortal idea of being, indestructible and eternal. Were it otherwise, man would be annihilated.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 477

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