Sunday, May 10th, 2020 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Ask God to give thee skill,
In comfort’s art:
That thou may’st consecrated be
And set apart
Unto a life of sympathy.
For heavy is the weight of ill
In every heart;
And comforters are needed much
Of Christlike touch.

— from Retrospection and Introspection by A. E. Hamilton, page 95

Discussion points

263 —WATCH that you keep in thought the three claims of error that must be disproved in our work, namely, the world, the flesh and the devil — the belief in the reality of sin, in the capacity of man to sin, and in a sinning man. God is All. Therefore, the belief in sin is unreal. There exists in man no capacity to sin, since God created him perfect. Finally there are no men sinning, and the evidence of such is only the Adam dream, which Truth dissipates.

Golden Text — “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” — I Corinthians 15 : 22

Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

— Ecclesiastes 9: 1 from the King James Bible

A small group of wise thinkers is better than a wilderness of dullards and stronger than the might of empires.

— from Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 162

A life or nation is saved, in proportion to the predominance within of purity, patriotism, or other right motives; and this is the inner spiritual meaning of Abraham’s petition to God. If Sodom City had in it enough moral worth, it would be saved, not otherwise.

— from Christian Science Journal, by Mary Baker Eddy, Vol. 5

If there is no sin, why did Jesus come to save sinners?

If there is no reality in sickness, why does a Christian Scientist go to the bedside and address himself to the healing of disease, on the basis of its unreality? Jesus came to seek and to save such as believe in the reality of the unreal; to save them from this false belief; that they might lay hold of eternal Life, the great reality that concerns man, and understand the final fact, — that God is omnipotent and omnipresent; yea, “that the Lord He is God; there is none else beside Him,” as the Scriptures declare.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 63

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SERPENT (ophis, in Greek; nacash, in Hebrew). Subtlety; a lie; the opposite of Truth, named error; the first statement of mythology and idolatry; the belief in more than one God; animal magnetism; the first lie of limitation; finity; the first claim that there is an opposite of Spirit, or good, termed matter, or evil; the first delusion that error exists as fact; the first claim that sin, sickness, and death are the realities of life. The first audible claim that God was not omnipotent and that there was another power, named evil, which was as real and eternal as God, good.

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 594

For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

— Romans 5 : 17-21 from the Responsive Reading portion of this week’s Lesson

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.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

And God blessed them,

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

— Genesis 1 : 26-28; 31 from citation 2 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

Seedless oranges are produced by turning the top of the parent plant back to earth, and when rooted disconnecting it. The offspring produces seedless oranges. Detach the thought of the child from the parent and the germs of erroneous seed of the parent thought will cease to impress the child.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 147

As Christian Scientists we should “Awake and Inherit.”

— from Addresses by Martha Wilcox, page 81

When you leave a thing with a negative, you have left it nowhere.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 92

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.

— from God Bless America by Irving Berlin

Man is properly self-governed, and he should be guided by no other mind than Truth, the divine Mind. Christian Science gives neither moral right nor might to harm either man or beast. The Christian Scientist is alone with his own being and with the reality of things. The mental malpractitioner is not, cannot be, a Christian Scientist; he is disloyal to God and man; he has every opportunity to mislead the human mind, and he uses it. People may listen complacently to the suggestion of the inaudible falsehood, not knowing what is hurting them or that they are hurt. This mental bane could not bewilder, darken, or misguide consciousness, physically, morally, or spiritually, if the individual knew what was at work and his power over it.

— from 1901 by Mary Baker Eddy, page 20

If you do not have patients come to you, you can treat the birds and plants; they need treatment.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 208

Through discernment of the spiritual opposite of materiality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will reopen with the key of divine Science the gates of Paradise which human beliefs have closed, and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free, not needing to consult almanacs for the probabilities either of his life or of the weather, not needing to study brainology to learn how much of a man he is.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 171

The individuality created by God is not carnivorous, as witness the millennial estate pictured by Isaiah: —
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
And the calf and the young lion, and the fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 514: 18

Mrs. Eddy did not limit healing to praying for sick men and women alone. In May 1906, a Christian Scientist in the Philippines wrote to her about treating animals and received the following reply:

…heal the animals as well as mankind.When I [was] in practice I healed them and found them responsive to Truth in every instance. God gave man “dominion over the beasts,” and we have no authority for supposing that He ever recalled that gift or took away from man his rightful spiritual heritage.

— from Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer Amplified Edition, by by Yvonne Cache von Fettweis, pages 9

Final Readings

Never was there a more solemn and imperious call than God makes to us all, right here, for fervent devotion and an absolute consecration to the greatest and holiest of all causes. The hour is come. The great battle of Armageddon is upon us. The powers of evil are leagued together in secret conspiracy against the Lord and against His Christ, as expressed and operative in Christian Science. Large numbers, in desperate malice, are engaged day and night in organizing action against us. Their feeling and purpose are deadly, and they have sworn enmity against the lives of our standard-bearers. What will you do about it? Will you be equally in earnest for the truth? Will you doff your lavender-kid zeal, and become real and consecrated warriors? Will you give yourselves wholly and irrevocably to the great work of establishing the truth, the gospel, and the Science which are necessary to the salvation of the world from error, sin, disease, and death? Answer at once and practically, and answer aright!

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 177

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